The state Liberal Party has reconfirmed its commitment to Port Augusta and Regional South Australia.
In a pre-election visit to town, members of the Legislative Council John Dawkins, Rob Lucas, Terry Stephens and candidate Andrew McLachlan said jobs were one of the party’s main priorities.
Mr Lucas pointed particularly to regional South Australia.
“What you will see over the next seven weeks from Steven Marshall is a clear committment for growth in the regions,” he said.
“There is a recognition from Steven and his team, that if South Australia’s economic growth prospects are to be turned around...we can’t just look at employment growth in the metropolitan area, we’ve got to look at the regions.”
Whilst none of the party members made any new policy announcements they all recognised the importance of regional South Australia.
Mr Dawkins spoke about previous policy announcements.
“State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has already announced a number of policies as part of his plan to put South Australia’s economy back on track, which include supporting our regions and backing local business to grow our economy through payroll tax cuts,” he said.
“Earlier this month, Mr Marshall also launched his Growth Action Agenda to facilitate sustainable population growth in SA, stimulate productivity and grow our State’s economy, including in our regional communities.”
The touring party visited local business Max Cranes which employs about 80 people.
The Liberal Party members also visited other cities in the mid north.
Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan said it was great to be able to show his colleagues a successful local business.
“Regional develpoment is going to be absolutely vital for our state for the future,” he said.
“We need to support businesses, because businesses create jobs and you need strong businesses to create secure employment.
“Now Max Cranes is an outstanding example state wide and we are lucky to have them here in Port Augusta.”
The Labor Party is yet to announce a candidate for Stuart for March 15’s state election.