Opposition hears issues on women, wheels and Whyalla

Opposition hears issues on women, wheels and Whyalla
Opposition hears issues on women, wheels and Whyalla

With less than two weeks to go until the state election takes place, deputy leader of the opposition Vickie Chapman has visited Whyalla to appreciate the region.

Shadow Minister for the Status of Women and Transport and Infrastructure, Ms Chapman's visit coincided with the Liberal party's announcement to double the black spot funding program.

Ms Chapman said it was important for the Liberal government to have a contemporary understanding of where the city is at.

"Obviously this is a major urban area for the whole of the western end of the state and therefore it is important for transport, logistics, mining opportunity and existing enterprises here," Ms Chapman said.

"We have a fundamental different approach [to the Labor government]; we understand that government spend money and that out here in the regions they make money."

One issue of importance noted to Ms Chapman during her visit was the necessity of a multi-user port in Whyalla.

"Unquestionably we have repeated submissions from Whyalla and west coast people saying this is necessary for them to be able to move to the next stage of development for this area," Ms Chapman said.

Ms Chapman also met with women's groups and the Whyalla City Council, who raised the issue of education facilities within the city and the need to have more targeted education.

"Whyalla Health services an enormous catchment area, UniSA has excellent nursing training and health services training here," Ms Chapman said."What appears to be absent is the lack of training courses to service the steel and manufacturing services."

With the Labor government announcing a new mining training hub in Adelaide, Ms Chapman noted it could end up a loss for regional areas.

"What's important for opportunities for youth here is that they train in those up here and then immediately have an opportunity to work in them up here because once they go to Adelaide we often lose them," Ms Chapman said.