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Our members are at the heart of everything we do, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve their lives. This is why we proudly take a leadership role to represent our members’ interests and stand for issues that affect the entire State of South Australia.

South Australians are about to face one of the most important elections in our history. In the lead-up to the 2022 South Australian election, we’re pleased to share with you our election platform: Six for the State.

Six for the State

Safer road users

Improving road safety for our members and the community through promoting professional driving lessons and modernising child restraint legislation. Read More

Safer and more accessible road networks

Making our roads safer and more efficient through the duplication of the national highway network, improving road connections and bolstering road maintenance funding. Read More

Connected, liveable, smart cities

Supporting the transition to more sustainable transport and mobility solutions including electric vehicles, improving public transport and developing a state cycling strategy. Read More

Sustainable urban development

Keeping insurance costs down, reducing the impact of natural disasters and supporting new housing developments to have adequate road and public ​transport links. Read More

A stronger tourism economy

Supporting travel across SA, addressing the growing tourism skills shortages and investing in unique attractions for the State. Read More

Lower transport costs

Making the Real-Time Fuel Pricing trial in South Australia permanent. Read More

Safer road users

People aged 16 to 24 have accounted for 21 per cent of the fatalities on South Australian roads over the past two years. That’s staggering considering they only make up 13 per cent of the population. The stats surrounding the safety of our smallest vehicle passengers is also concerning, with about 88 per cent of child restraints being fitted incorrectly.

We believe road safety education, along with improvements to infrastructure, can help reduce fatalities on South Australian roads. We run several community education programs to improve road safety, including Street Smart High and Years Ahead. To complement the State Government’s SA Road Safety Strategy to 2031, we would like the government to promote greater professional driving instruction through driving lessons and establish a child restraint fitting network and reform child restraint legislation.

Ninety-nine people were killed on SA roads in 2021 – six more fatalities than during the previous year.

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Safer and more accessible road networks

Our 2021 Risky Roads Survey revealed that the community are concerned about SA’s road network, with RAA receiving more than 2,000 nominations. Main South Rd at Aldinga and Horrocks Hwy to the state’s Mid North featured heavily in the top 10 riskiest roads. Meanwhile, the junction at Curtis Rd and Heaslip Rd at Angle Vale received the title of SA’s riskiest intersection.

We take into consideration the public’s concerns about infrastructure problems. That’s why we are recommending the State Government prioritises several projects to improve road safety. This includes:

  • committing to the staged duplication of the Augusta, Sturt and Dukes Hwy to reduce heavy vehicle traffic on the South Eastern Fwy;
  • establishing a road maintenance fund with a minimum value of $600 million;
  • upgrading metropolitan roads to reduce congestion; and
  • repairing regional roads like Victor Harbor Rd and Main Rd at McLaren Vale.

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Connected, liveable, smart cities

Adelaide was named one of the world’s most liveable cities in 2021. To further enhance this, we are calling for the Government to create a smarter, more connected city.

How can this be achieved? Among other initiatives, we would like to see a smooth transition to electric vehicles (EV) by scrapping stamp duty and improving EV charging infrastructure.

To help create a more connected city, the next State Government needs to offer alternative transport options, improved cycling infrastructure and on-demand bus services for the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu.

In particular, we recommending that a State Cycling Strategy should be developed, including a mapped metropolitan priority cycling network, underpinned by a $10m annual investment in the State Bicycle Fund. Cycling improves physical and mental health, reduces congestion and pollution, and creates safe, thriving neighbourhoods by supporting mobility options for non-drivers.

A smarter city also requires digital ticketing for public transport to make it more attractive for commuters. People should be able to plan journeys and purchase digital tickets via multiple app platforms.

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Sustainable urban development

Urban development needs to be more sustainable to create a more liveable South Australia. We want all new housing developments to have adequate road and public transport links; and, when these areas are being designed, there needs to be infrastructure included that’ll meet the demand for electric vehicle charging.

We represent one in four South Australian homeowners, so we also want to help solve challenges around the impact of climate change and natural disasters. The challenge facing Adelaide is that many areas of land which are available for new development are also prone to natural disasters. For example, the Adelaide Hills faces bushfire risks, and the northern suburbs are flood-prone.

To meet this challenge, we are pushing the Government to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent flood risk on the Gawler River to protect new and existing housing developments in the northern suburbs.

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A stronger tourism economy

We are one of South Australia’s oldest travel providers and tourism experts in the state. COVID-19 has significantly impacted South Australia’s tourism industry, with border restrictions, lockdowns and uncertainty all playing a part.

Despite COVID-19, strong intrastate travel has seen South Australians opting to holiday within the state’s regions. This has revealed problems with infrastructure in regional SA and staffing issues for tourism operators.

We recommend that the next State Government invests in several initiatives to help the South Australian tourism sector bounce back from COVID-19. This includes committing to an ongoing regional tourism grant program to help improve local infrastructure and developing a whole-state strategy to deal with the growing skills shortage.

We are also calling for funding for a feasibility study for ARC, an iconic continuous walk, run and bike circuit showcasing the Adelaide Park Lands to promote Adelaide as a city to visit and stay in through becoming a unique and globally recognisable icon.

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Lower transport costs

In March 2021, the State Government introduced real-time fuel pricing on a two-year trial, requiring all fuel outlets to report any price changes to a central database within 30 minutes of implementing them. Coinciding with this, we launched a real-time fuel pricing feature on the myRAA app, which has been accessed more than 2.4 million times.

Real-time fuel pricing has also had an impact on the Adelaide market, with price variations decreasing by 50 per cent in the first couple of months. We believe that real-time fuel pricing should be made permanent to help reduce transport costs for South Australians.

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