The health forum at Wallaroo on 30 October again highlighted the level of concern that is felt for the future of rural health services, and a rising mistrust for a city-centric government seemingly blind to the fact that country people are equally deserving of quality care.
To celebrate the important role community halls play in regional towns, registrations are now open in South Australia for the opportunity to join a national project, "Home is Where the Hall is".
The project is running throughout November, and this is the third year "Home Is Where the Hall Is" will be rolled out in SA, in a partnership between Country Arts SA and Regional Arts Victoria.
South Australian rural women are urged to apply for the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award which recognises emerging leaders in primary industries and regional communities.
Applications are open until 29 October. The SA winner will be announced at a ceremony as part of the Thriving Women Conference on 19 February, 2018.
It again has been a busy month in the Goyder electorate, culminating in another successful Yorke Peninsula Field Days at Paskeville this week.
I enjoyed meeting with so many visitors to our stand, and commend the Field Days committee on a very well run event.
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).
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.