Only weeks away from the state election, Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Disabilities, Volunteers, Housing and Mental Health Dr Duncan McFetridge spent a day in Whyalla last week to meet with key stakeholders, community members and volunteers.
The visit, hosted by Liberal candidate for Giles Bernadette Abraham, allowed Dr McFetridge to speak first hand with residents to gain insight into what issues are affecting the region and to gain valuable community feedback.
Dr McFetridge visited Centacare, Phoenix Society and the new Men's Shed while also taking part in a public housing forum and a volunteer forum.
One of the biggest issues Dr McFetridge identified from his visit to Centacare was the demand for more counsellors and social workers, which he admitted would be a real issue for either government.
"They are doing some challenging but terrific work at Centacare," Dr McFetridge said.
"There will always be a strong need for support services in the region, such as rural counselling and mental health, to ensure the wellbeing of the community."
Dr McFetridge stressed how important it was to the Liberal party to ascertain first hand what condition Whyalla's schools and roads were in and what Whyalla's vital community needs were.
"Whyalla has had its challenges but there are things on the horizon," Dr McFetridge said.
"Whyalla has a terrific community and with the mining opportunities I think we'll see Whyalla develop even further.
"Bernadette is a passionate supporter of the Whyalla community and a Liberal government would certainly support that development."