Member reflects on first year

LOOKING BACK: Rebekha Sharkie reflects on her first year as the federal Member of Mayo, including the issues brought to her by the community, in a new report.
LOOKING BACK: Rebekha Sharkie reflects on her first year as the federal Member of Mayo, including the issues brought to her by the community, in a new report.

It has been an eventful first year in the federal parliament for Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.

Now, she has presented her projects and findings in a ‘Community Forum and First Year Report’, along with a working plan for her second year.

A survey was distributed to every household in the electorate late last year which gave residents the opportunity to pass on written comments.

From more than 4000 responses, the biggest priority concerns were health, the environment, employment, local roads, security in retirement, transport, and buying Australian.

As a result, Ms Sharkie held community forums across the electorate to expand on these concerns.

A main focus of the report is the issues brought to her by the hundreds of residents who attended 16 community forums and three youth forums she held in towns including at Yankalilla, Mount Compass, Goolwa, Victor Harbor, and Strathalbyn.

“We had a fantastic turnout for the forums with people really wanting to have an input into the issues that are important to them,” Ms Sharkie said.

The rising cost of health services, better labelling of Australian-made products, a bipartisan approach to climate change and energy policies, and upgrades to the local road network were some of the main ideas discussed at the forums.

“Together we workshopped plenty of ideas which are outlined in this report, along with information about my activities during my first 18 months in office and ways we can work together to make a difference in our communities,” she said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to fill in the survey and come along to the forums.

“Your feedback will continue to guide me in the coming months and years.”

To view the report, visit www.rebekhasharkie.com.au/forumreport