The state election is fast approaching and residents are wondering what each party has to offer.
When asked what it would mean if a Labor or Liberal government was elected at the upcoming state election, Whyalla Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president Ron Hay said regardless of which party was successful, two main issues that should be explored with the government elect were what the forecasts for the economic future for South Australia and how they would work with the chamber and business to ensure they not only survived, but in fact thrived.
Mr Hay said for people in regional South Australia it is about jobs and lifestyle.
"Like people in Adelaide we demand the very best in education and health provision and choices," he said.
"We want to feel safe and that there is the opportunity for our children to live and work in the place they were born and be able to make the choice to stay amongst family and friends."
Mr Hay said whichever party and candidate could best demonstrate they had a grasp and a plan to achieve the necessary goals of the region would go a long way to being elected.
It is important for the chamber, as an advocate for business, to continually be part of an appropriate two-way engagement with both the government of the day and local member, so that everyone works towards creating positive outcomes for the community and the region.
"We want to see a focus on the major issues that can influence positive change in business conditions and economic development from whoever is elected," Mr Hay said.
"This could include an examination of the costs and support of opening, running and growing a business and how are they going to decrease the costs of living so that the retail sector can expand through greater sales, hence providing the ability to employ more people within our community."
Mr Hay said the chamber's view on who would better serve the seat of Giles, was dependent on what candidates could deliver for Whyalla's business and the overall economic development of the community and region.
He said the chamber believed this should involve looking at the cost of doing business with respect to land tax, payroll tax, rising fixed costs such as insurance, water and electricity and other influencing factors such as a lack of skilled workers, difficulty in some cases to access finance to start a business, tax regulation, marketing, management, cash flow and online shopping.
Mr Hay said for Whyalla to grow in a number of ways, it was imperative that as a chamber and a community, there was a good understanding of what future opportunities may be secured or developed, for long term outcomes and benefit, which has to be underpinned by a commitment by the government of the day, to infrastructure investment in the Whyalla and Eyre region.
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