Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Our View (4-4-2017): Country Cabinet cash splash

OUR region finally had its turn at hosting a Country Cabinet during the weekend.

Not only was it an opportunity for state government ministers to hear about local issues, they also announced $1.2million of funding for three local infrastructure projects.

Thanks Country Cabinet, you’re welcome back any time!

Member for Frome Geoff Brock has often been criticised for decisions he has had to make as part of striking a deal with the Labor Party to help it form government after the 2014 state election.

But he must be given credit for bringing the ministers out into the regions.

Country Cabinets were reinstated as part of the Charter for Stronger Regional Policy, which was an agreement Mr Brock made with Premier Jay Weatherill post-election.

Three Country Cabinets are held in different areas across regional South Australia each year.

Okay, so the ministers didn’t stay very long and they didn’t see much of the peninsula, but at least they ventured past Gepps Cross.

Premier Jay Weatherill had the best job, he got to cut a ribbon to open a project for which his government didn’t contribute a single cent!

Minister for Health Jack Snelling wasn’t so lucky, he had to front up at Wallaroo hospital and answer questions about surgery at Yorketown hospital, staffing and funding for after-hours medical services.

Copper Coast business owners also had plenty of questions as did community members at Port Broughton.

However, the ministers’ brief visit didn’t allow for interrogation about half of the issues affecting our region.

Alas, credit where credit is due and we are thankful for the $1.2million they did deposit as they passed through.

All three projects, to be 20 per cent funded by the state government and the remainder by councils, will have far-reaching effects.

Amie Price, Editor

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