Board funding tops wishlists

WEST Coast councils have listed out what they would like either the incoming or incumbent government to work on, with funding to Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDA) being a common issue.

All four councils criticised cuts to RDA funding, which they've argued has fallen on local councils to pick up.

Ceduna District Council mayor Allan Suter said it had been unfortunate the state government had withdrawn funding support for the RDA.

"The RDA have been a very important for encouraging economic development in South Australia," he said.

Streaky Bay District Council mayor Rob Stephens has shared this sentiment and said it had been successful with small businesses in Eyre Peninsula.

"If funding is pulled it's another levy to for council to pass on to ratepayers," he said.

Wudinna District Council chairperson Eleanor Scholz has also argued when the current government withdrew funding, it fell on local government to support the shortfall.

Elliston District Council chairperson Pat Clark has called for RDA funding to continue as it has in the past with federal and state support.

Other issues councils have called for the government to look at have ranged from marine parks to improving local roads.

Mr Suter said marine parks around Ceduna needed to be looked at.

"With the marine parks issue, we've got one party who are proposing draconian restrictions, and the other who have pledged to look at the restrictions," he said.

Mr Suter has also called for more consideration for regions in policy making and said Eyre Peninsula at times got a raw deal from the state government.

On the marine parks issue, Mr Stephens said he hoped if they were looked at again Streaky Bay would remain in a reasonable position.

"Hopefully if marine parks gets looked at we'll be fortunate that what was put there will stay in place," he said.

Mr Stephens said a big issue for Streaky Bay Council was the red tape and regulations involved with any building work.

"With white card regulations, anybody who enters a building site in some instances need a person with a white card on site to observe volunteers," he said.

"There's talk of a Liberal government reducing the red tape, which costs the community a lot of money because volunteers can't be immediately used anymore."

The Wudinna District Council has called for more investment in local infrastructure and to stop cost shifting.

Ms Scholz said the government needed to invest in local infrastructure in rural areas.

"They need to support adaptation to new industries, not just with mining but also with agriculture," she said.

"This includes improvement of infrastructure such as water, power and roads, especially the Tod Highway."

Ms Scholz said the government also needed to stop cost shifting, like what was seen with the new health plan and how it has fallen on local government to support costs.

Elliston councillors have also asked for an end to cost shifting, especially in relation to the introduction of a cap on rates.

Mr Clark said the council would look towards their local member to support funding to seal the Kyancutta Road, which connects Elliston to the Eyre Highway.

"Elliston is the only major town not connected to the Eyre Highway via sealed road," he said.

CEDUNA REQUEST: Ceduna mayor Allan Suter has called for the government to re look at the Marine Parks issue, and to put more funding into Regional Development Australia.

CEDUNA REQUEST: Ceduna mayor Allan Suter has called for the government to re look at the Marine Parks issue, and to put more funding into Regional Development Australia.

LESS RED TAPE: Streaky Bay mayor Rob Stephens said there should be less red tape involved in building projects.

LESS RED TAPE: Streaky Bay mayor Rob Stephens said there should be less red tape involved in building projects.

INVESTMENTS: Wudinna District Council chairperson Eleanor Scholz said the government should invest more in local infrastructure.

INVESTMENTS: Wudinna District Council chairperson Eleanor Scholz said the government should invest more in local infrastructure.

SEALING: Elliston District Council have called for the sealing of Kyancutta Road.

SEALING: Elliston District Council have called for the sealing of Kyancutta Road.

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