Minister for Primary Industries and Region Development, Tim Whetstone visited the region to deliver his regional budget address.
Mannum was the eighth stop on Minister Whetstone’s budget address tour, during which he will travel across the state to engage with regional communities, businesses and stakeholders.
As part of the state government’s commitment to create more jobs, lower costs and provide better services for all South Australians, Minister Whetstone discussed how regional residents were set to benefit.
Minister Whetstone said the budget would address gaps where a disinterest had been shown by the Labor government in the past.
“Up until we saw a regional minster come into the previous government’s cabinet it was just tokenism,” he said. “While the Minister came out and handed out money to individuals, these visits were funded by tax payer money to come out into the regions and weren’t doing it for the betterment of the regions.
“As a government we are there for the betterment of all South Australians and we have a large contingent of regional MPs who are completely engaged with their communities.” Mr Whetstone, who is the local member for Chaffey, acknowledged the number of regional ministers in the cabinet – himself, Minster for Planning Stephen Knoll from Schubert and Minster for Energy and Mining Dan Van Holst Pellekan from Stuart.
“This gives the regions exceptional representation in government through the diverse range of rural and regional Minsters,” he said. “This gives us a great perspective on what the needs of regional and rural communities in South Australia. “Adrian Pederick and I work very well together and we have a great understanding of what our communities need in the bigger picture but also what their immediate needs are.”
- To find out more on how the state budget will effect the Murraylands and Mallee region go to : www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au.