THE Limestone Coast has been “completely neglected by the government for an extended period of time”, according to State Liberal leader Steven Marshall.
SA State Liberal leader Steven Marshall (left) during his visit to the coast with Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams, Kingston Liberal Party branch president Nick McBride, Kingston District Council Mayor Evan Flint and Member for Barker Tony Pasin.
Mr Marshall stopped by Robe and Kingston last Thursday as part of an SE tour, meeting with people from the fishing sector, Wattle Range Council and Robe District Council mayor Peter Riseley and CEO Roger Sweetman.
Saying that Labor had been ignoring the region, Mr Marshall told the Leader: “I think it is important to get back down here and continue connections with people and different industry groups.
“The fishing sector, forest sector, tourism sector are all vitally important; and of course meet with the local government sector.”
Some of the big issues Mr Marshall saw facing the SE included the drainage system and the ongoing concern surrounding unconventional gas mining.
“Mining is a really critical area for everybody in the SE and one that the government, I don’t believe has handled particularly well to date,” Mr Marshall said.
Mr Marshall said the Liberal Party was hoping to win government at the last State election so it could get involved in decision-making on the issue.
“So now we are now trying to get proper briefings from the department and also importantly from the independent regulator EPA,” Mr Marshall said.
“We need a proper depth briefing to see what’s going on.
“We’ve had one meeting with Beach Energy since the election, I think we are going to be making a public announcement this month regarding their intentions – we need some clarity around what their intentions are.”
Mr Marshall added better information from the government regarding what protections can be put in place in regards to water resource would be needed as well.
Area ‘neglected’: Marshall Tony Gardner (left) with Bob and Jeanette Emery at the Crown Inn last Wednesday night.
Annette Vanderpeer (left), Ann Gardner, Rosemary Higgins and Kay Rasheed at the Crown Inn Hotel for dinner with State Liberal leader Steven Marshall.
Jan Kentish (left), Maureen Andrews and Barbara Powell last Wednesday at the Crown Inn.
Glenys Flint (left), Liz Wingard and Nicolle Flint at the Crown Inn last Wednesday for Steven Marshall’s visit.
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