The Property Council has applauded the announcement of an orderly leadership transition from Premier Mike Rann to Jay Weatherill, saying certainty delivered by the October 20 date will help ensure Premier Rann’s legacy of reform can continue.
“We applaud both Premier Rann and Minister Weatherill for their commitment to a smooth transition of power,” Property Council (SA Division) Executive Director Nathan Paine said.
“They clearly recognised the importance of providing certainty of leadership in a time of great uncertainty in the global economy, and during a period of significant economic reform in this state.
“Mike Rann’s Labor Government has been a formidable force in driving South Australia’s economic reforms that will see it transform from a rust bucket state to one with a bright future.
“With Premier Rann at the helm, the steadfast and certain direction of this Government has delivered a platform for the state’s future prosperity.
“The Rann Labor legacy will include a record investment in infrastructure, a nation-leading state Strategic Plan underpinned by a 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide that is itself the envy of the nation, and a strong focus on new employment sectors such as defence and mining.
“These are all a credit to the vision and commitment of Premier Rann, and all South Australians should recognise the enormity of his achievements.”
Mr Paine said the Property Council looked forward to engaging with new Premier Weatherill in the next stage of the Labor Government’s reform process when Mr Rann steps down on October 20.
“We have already enjoyed significant engagement with the new Premier Jay Weatherill through his previous portfolio responsibilities, principally Urban Development and Planning,” Mr Paine said.
“He has proven to be a great Minister, and he has continually demonstrated his commitment to improving South Australia’s prosperity to the benefit of all South Australians.
“I have no doubt he will do an excellent job as Premier and we look forward to working with him as he carries on the Government’s reform agenda.
“But in the lead-up to October 20, Premier Rann has our best wishes and our support as he seeks to cement several critical aspects of his Government’s agenda.
“We are especially pleased that he will be presenting at our Division Luncheon on the 26th of August; it gives us an ideal opportunity to thank him personally on behalf of the property sector for his tireless efforts to build this state from near irrelevance on the national stage to a place of boundless potential.”