Federal election 2019: On the river in Barker, Centre Alliance's Kelly Gladigau addresses reality

Centre Alliance: Kelly Gladigau, of Cowirra, Centre Alliance candidate for Barker. Photo: Supplied.

Centre Alliance: Kelly Gladigau, of Cowirra, Centre Alliance candidate for Barker. Photo: Supplied.

While some are promising a fairytale Murray-Darling Basin Plan which will ensure adequate water for all, political grandstanding offers cold comfort to those in need.

Successive governments have become less capable of meeting community needs in the face of rising demand.

As a local farmer, my vision is to work with both sides of politics to reduce the growing gap between the demand and availability of water, and the tragic financial and social implications this has.

Transport costs are significant for regional businesses, with poor roads adding to the challenges already faced by agriculture, viticulture and manufacturing.

We have endured an unfair federal funding formula for too long - an issue I will address.

As the member for Barker I will find solutions that benefit our residents and businesses.

I will ensure that key priorities - including limited vocational and higher education facilities, skilled migration and access to health care - don't go without.

Health services are commonly inaccessible or unaffordable, and mental health and drug and alcohol issues rise by the day.

I am committed to developing our regional service delivery model to improve access to treatment and reduce waiting times.

The lack of vocational and higher education facilities in Barker has resulted in an exodus of young people.

Offering more subjects and relevant vocational skills is essential.

Candidates for Barker in 2019