Treasurer Rob Lucas has announced a $2.6 billion deficit for the 2020/2021 financial year. The budget, which included high levels of spending and debt projected to reach $33.17 billion in coming years.
While the budget did not list specific projects for Aldinga, it is expected that part of a $20 million spend on upgrading intersections, will include those surrounding the new Aldinga B-12 school.
While there was a notable lack of new projects for Aldinga, it is expected that our community will benefit from tax relief and ‘cost of living’ package.
The budget includes a 50% increase on the Victims of Crime Levy, with other Government fees and charges to rise by approximately 1.9% from July 1st, 2020. The Government will also introduce a new road user charge for electric vehicles which is expected to generate around $1 million each year.
The continuation of a non-stop corridor from Gawler to Noarlunga will see two tunnels along South Road be built and is part of a wider infrastructure program that also includes, upgrades to Hindmarsh Stadium, Memorial Drive, Cape Jervis and Penneshaw berthing infrastructure and a $100 million local government infrastructure fund.
The Government also expects to foster a boost in ‘green jobs’ through an $18 million investment in a fast-charging network for electric vehicles, $60 million in reducing emissions on state Government buildings and replacing state Government petrol run fleet vehicles to electric. The Home Battery Scheme will also be expanded to allow for more low-income and concession cardholders to access solar systems for household electricity.
The size of the public sector is also set for significant changes through reductions in the Environment Department with the transfer of staff to Landscapes Boards and the Transport Department through private companies taking over the management of Trains and Trams. The reductions are partially offset by new and increased funding for various programs throughout Government Departments.