Issues impacting the Eyre Peninsula and the Upper Spencer Gulf will take centre stage later this week when SA-BEST's ‘listening tour’ travels the region.
SA-BEST will hold a community forum at Kimba on Wednesday and Whyalla on Friday to listen to residents and businesses about issues that are holding back the regions from reaching their full potential.
SA-BEST MLC Frank Pangallo will also tour local farms and meet with related stakeholders across the region - including Whyalla, Kimba and Cleve - to witness firsthand the impacts of the harsh farming conditions being experienced throughout the area.
Other topics to be discussed at the forums include, education, mental health, employment, promoting growth in regional areas, a proposal for a nuclear waste facility at Kimba and how council rate capping will impact the regions.
“For far too long the major parties have taken our regions for granted – that needs to stop,” Mr Pangallo said.
“Our regional cities and towns offer an affordable, safe and relaxed lifestyle with a strong sense of community.
“Committing to actively growing our regional areas offers a chance to stop the urban sprawl of metropolitan Adelaide, provide more workers for our rural industries and support a secure future for our regions.
“SA-BEST plans to investigate a number of initiatives designed to reinvigorate regional South Australia.
“Our community forums will be an ideal opportunity for us to outline those plans in more detail and receive feedback from people they are designed to support.”
The forums will be held at the Kimba Institute Hall at 6pm on Wednesday and the Whyalla Tennis Club from 6pm Friday.