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Yorketown public meeting scheduled

22 Mar 2017

In response to the recent announcement by SA Health that general, gynaecological and urological surgeries are to cease at Yorketown Hospital, I have organised a public meeting for Thursday 20th April, 7.30 pm, at Yorketown Town Hall.  

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Country Health Services update

16 Mar 2017

As reported in recent media, I am very concerned about the State Government's recent announcement that general surgery, gynaecology and urology services are to cease at Yorketown Hospital from 1 April 2017.

Alarming too, is the fact this decision was made without consultation with the broader community nor myself as the Local Member - and worse, that local members of the YP Health Advisory Committee were told not to talk publicly about the imminent loss of services prior to the announcement being made (including, explicitly, not to inform me).

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Goyder Update

09 Mar 2017

In my mid-February update, I thanked all who sent supportive messages following the news of my shift out of the Liberal Shadow Cabinet. In this column I extend sincere thanks to the many who have contacted me following my decision to retire in a little over 12 months, and not contest the March 2018 State election.

 

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Yorketown Hospital-demand for answers

06 Mar 2017

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP has today lodged a Freedom of Information request for Regional Impact Assessment Statement (RIAS) documents and details of public consultation undertaken prior to the decision to cease surgical services at Yorketown Hospital, announced last week.

It is State Government policy that all South Australian Government departments, agencies and statutory bodies are required to prepare and publish RIAS statements prior to implementing significant changes to existing Government services in regional areas.

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New lease on life for Crown Land shacks

06 Mar 2017

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP believes the introduction of the Crown Land Management (Life Lease Sites) Amendment Bill by the Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC in the Upper House last Wednesday will be welcomed by local shack owners.

This is the third time since 2005 the State Liberals have attempted to amend legislation in support of lessees of shacks on Crown Land who face losing their homes when the last person on their life-lease dies.

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Support for medicinal cannabis access

22 Feb 2017

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP has welcomed today's news that people suffering a range of debilitating diseases will soon have a safe, legal pathway to access medicinal cannabis.

With the Federal Government legalizing local production late last year and last week issuing the first licence for private cultivation, today's announcement by the Federal Government that approved importers will be able to buy the medication from overseas and store it in Australia for distribution will ensure an interim supply is imminently available until domestic production can meet local need.

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Libs Health policy good for Goyder

17 Feb 2017

I welcomed the release of the Marshall Liberal Government key health policy last week, believing its decentralisation message and emphasis on more local input into decision-making will be well received locally.

The three Health Advisory Councils within the Goyder electorate (Yorke Peninsula, Northern Yorke Peninsula, and Balaklava and Riverton Health), and our clinicians and communities, provide pivotal feedback into our local health needs and deserve to have a stronger say in the future direction of the State's health system.

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A difficult decision

14 Feb 2017

Today I publicly announce that I will not be contesting the March 2018 State election, and intend to retire from politics in a little over 13 months.

I will be forever grateful and humbled by the faith the Goyder members of the Liberal Party of Australia placed in me by my selection to be the candidate for Goyder back in April 2005, and for the confidence shown in me by the electorate in subsequent successful polls in the elections of 2006, 2010 and 2014.

The decision not to stand comes after considerable soul searching. In my near 11 years as the proud Member for Goyder, I feel I have done all I can to pursue the needs and opportunities for my community.

 

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2017 National Local Government Awards open

08 Feb 2017

Local councils have until 3 March 2017 to enter the Federal Government's annual awards for innovative local government projects.

These awards recognise innovative projects which provide new or improved local government services to regional and rural communities.

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Global "Safer Internet Day 2017": Scam Alert

08 Feb 2017

Yesterday, 7 February 2017, more than 120 countries worldwide celebrated "Safer Internet Day", a global drive to raise awareness of ways to make the internet safer for all users. 

The Goyder office is regularly contacted by constituents worried they have been scammed - and their concerns are real, with current scams including AUSKey fraud, ATO impersonators, unsolicited domain name registration offers, bogus accommodation booking sites, fake parcel delivery services for online shoppers, and Centrelink scams.