Goyder August update

07 Aug 2017

The provision of health services continues to be the topic causing greatest concern across the electorate.   

Many were appalled and rocked by the decision from Country Health SA to shift surgical services from Yorketown Hospital to Wallaroo Hospital, ignoring all efforts made to reverse the action. Whilst the cause may appear lost for now, I await the response of my request to the Ombudsman for an external review of all ignored Freedom of Information documents lodged on the topic (which also included an internal review application).


Shocking day for YP health services

26 Jun 2017

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP is disappointed and angry to advise that he has today received notification that the local fight over recent months to retain surgical services at Yorketown Hospital has been lost.


June Goyder Update

13 Jun 2017

With great interest, I read the RAA’s findings from its annual survey of our state’s riskiest roads released on 9 June. Seven of the top 10 worst roads listed are from country areas and for many it is not the first time they’ve featured on this annual survey.

Locally, the Owen Road (Templers to Owen), the Copper Coast Highway (Port Wakefield to Kadina) and Port Wakefield Road (Dry Creek to Lower Light) made the list.


Petition against Yorketown Hospital cuts presented to Parliament

01 Jun 2017

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP presented the Yorketown Hospital petition to Parliament on 30 May 2017, and gave a Grievance speech in support yesterday, 31 May 2017 (Hansard transcript provided).

The Petition, with 2049 signatures, reads:

“The Petition of the undersigned residents of South Australia respectfully expresses their strong opposition to the State Government’s plan to withdraw surgical services from the Yorketown Hospital.

“Your petitioners therefore request that your Honourable House will call on the State Government to: maintain the current range of surgical services at Yorketown Hospital; upgrade and properly maintain the infrastructure of Yorketown Hospital to support the continuation of current services; and direct Country Health SA to engage the community of Southern Yorke Peninsula in the planning of its health services before decisions are made, not after.”

The State Liberals have committed to funding the surgery upgrade should they win the 2018 State election next March.



2017 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards soon open

29 May 2017

The 2017 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards will open for applications on Monday, 5 June.

These scholarships are awarded in recognition of young volunteers who are currently involved in volunteering, have a history of community participation, and who have demonstrated their personal motivation and interest in volunteering and helping others in the community.


School breakfast programs to be extended across SA

25 May 2017

The State Liberals will commit $300,000 to make breakfast programs available to every school that needs one, as part of the Literacy Guarantee policy released today.

"Thousands of disadvantaged students across South Australia fail to meet their academic potential because they arrive at school hungry", said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.


Regional children deserve strong foundation in literacy

25 May 2017

A key education policy aimed at giving every South Australian child a strong foundation in literacy -- the Literacy Guarantee - was launched by the State Liberals this week.

With a focus on regional South Australia, students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties will be a key area of the comprehensive plan to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students.


Four new trade offices set to assist Goyder exporters

16 May 2017

Exporters in the Goyder electorate will benefit from four new overseas trade offices in key markets if the State Liberals are elected in March 2018.

The State Liberals have committed $12.8 million in funding over four years to open new trade offices in Japan, Malaysia, Dubai and the United States to improve South Australia's export performance.