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South Australian Premier to take on tourism portfolio to lead post-bushfire recovery
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is to take on the role of Tourism Minister for the state - replacing David Ridgway - in a bid to "rebuild the economy" on bushfire-ravaged Kangaroo Island and in the Adelaide Hills.
On Kangaroo Island, about 215,000 hectares of national park, farmland and forestry has been scorched since 20th December, while 56 homes have been destroyed and, with significant losses to livestock and wildlife, some endangered species are now under an increased threat.
In the Hills, the Cudlee Creek bushfire burnt about 25,000 hectares of land with about a third of the area's wine production wiped out.
The South Australian fires have also claimed three lives including tour operator and aviator Dick Lang
Advising that the bushfire recovery in the two tourist destinations would be his major focus in taking on the tourism portfolio, Premier Marshall stated "when these fires go out, it's not like we're going to be walking away - in fact, that's when all the hard work begins to try and rebuild the economy," he said.
"From an economic recovery prospective, we have two major sectors on the island - agriculture and tourism, and they've both been hit for six."
Premier Marshall (pictured) said he would take control of the state's $7.6 billion tourism industry to ensure South Australia flourishes in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
He added “ever since the 20th December, our fortunes have changed in South Australia and it hasn't been good - I think we've been kicked in the guts in terms of what mother nature has thrown at us, but I'm always amazed at how resilient the people of South Australia are."
Former Tourism Minister Ridgway had been widely criticised for the ‘Old Mate’ advertising campaign, which depicted an older man weeping over poor life choices.
This followed a significant reduction in the number of international visitors to the state.
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5th January 2020 - Bushfires push numerous Australian animal species towards extinction
27th December 2019 - Adelaide New Year’s Eve fireworks set to go ahead despite calls for cancellation
23rd August 2019 - Tourism Commission and South Australian Government commit to industry growth
9th December 2019 - South Australian reservoir opens for kayaking and cycling
9th November 2019 - Adelaide Zoo secures South Australian Major Tourism Attraction of the Year award
8th November 2019 - Barossa Valley retains status as South Australia’s top wine tourism destination
28th October 2019 - University of South Australia research focuses on sustainable tourism
16th September 2019 - South Australian tourism set for significant challenges over next decade
2nd August 2019 - South Australia launches new National Parks and Wildlife Service
16th March 2018 - TTF says tourism must underpin South Australia’s economic future
14th September 2019 - No Government commitments to back new South Australian Arts and Culture Plan
31st March 2018 - New South Australian Premier announces Ministerial leisure portfolios
9th April 2019 - Adelaide Zoo to keep pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni
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