South East Country Shadow Cabinet a success

Friday 25 November 2022
South East Country Shadow Cabinet a success

The South Australian Shadow Cabinet has toured the South East, meeting with community groups, businesses, councils and local residents as the Liberal Opposition continues its strong focus on regional engagement.

Last night, the Shadow Cabinet hosted a community forum at the Naracoorte Showgrounds, giving the community an opportunity to raise local issues and for the Liberal leadership team to connect, listen and learn.

Topics high on the community’s priority list were health, regional roads and housing.

Leader of the Opposition David Speirs will spend a total of four days in the region, visiting Kingston, Robe, Mount Gambier, Coonawarra and surrounding towns in addition to Naracoorte.

“It’s so important my team and I have authentic engagement with regional communities, and that means spending quality time on the ground in order to build genuine connections with local residents and businesses,” Mr Speirs said.

“While ducking into town for a quick selfie might make for a nice post on social media, that doesn’t give you the local knowledge you need for policy development and the ability to properly support and deliver for regional communities.

“It’s been fantastic to bring my Shadow Cabinet to Naracoorte so they can listen and learn from those who live and work in the region.

“South Australia is a diverse state and our regional communities each have different needs, there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ approach.

“The best thing my team can do to deliver for the regions is to travel the length and breadth of the state and I look forward to doing much more of this in the years and months ahead.”

Member for MacKillop and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Engagement Nick McBride said these visits are an important way to highlight the issues that matter to MacKillop constituents.

“The Shadow Cabinet has had the opportunity to inspect roads, visit hospitals, schools and businesses in the Limestone Coast,” Mr McBride said.

“This has enabled them to get a better understanding of the needs of this region, which is so vitally important to the economic success of the state.”