Battle for Giles heats up

Liberal candidate for Giles Bernadette Abraham continues to campaign aggressively in Roxby Downs after making her fifth visit to the town since her pre-selection.

On this latest visit Ms Abraham was supported by Shadow Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith.

“It’s important for the Shadow Minister to be here so he can hear first hand the issues during a time when they [Liberal leadership] will be forming policies,” Ms Abraham said.

Despite Giles traditionally being a strong Labor seat, Ms Abraham is confident she can be elected.

“I believe I’m going to offer a strong voice and I’m very passionate about this region,” she said.

“I’ve been in Whyalla for some time but I also have family throughout the network of Giles.”

While Ms Abraham has been to Roxby several times since her pre-selection, Labor candidate for Giles Eddie Hughes has only appeared in town twice since his pre-selection.

Roxby Central Traders chairperson Leigh Malcolm said this shows that Labor doesn’t care much for Roxby.

“I have no doubt [they’ve forgotten us],” he said.

“I haven’t seen Eddie yet and even while Lyn [Breuer] has been in the job, she has never popped in.”

Mr Hughes said this wasn’t the case.

“I have visited Roxby Downs on two occasions since my pre-selection and I am very keen to work with the Roxby Downs community to ensure that your concerns are acted upon,” he said.

“Prior to my last visit I wrote to every household inviting people to catch up with me to discuss issues of concern and that remains an open invitation.”

Mr Hughes said collaboration was key to improving the situation in Roxby.

“All my past experience in regional economic development supports the value of local collaboration, the community pulling together to clearly identify what the challenges are, identifying options and engaging with government and major companies to implement change,” he said.

Ms Abraham said the current state Labor government had forgotten about regional South Australia.

“So much activity is going on in the regions so it bemuses me to think that for a long time we’ve been ignored up here,” she said.

“We provide a lot of the industry, a lot of our growth and economy is up here.”

The state election is on March 15.

HEATING UP: Liberal candidate for Giles Bernadette Abraham continues to campaign aggressively in Roxby Downs after making her fifth visit to the town since her pre-selection.

HEATING UP: Liberal candidate for Giles Bernadette Abraham continues to campaign aggressively in Roxby Downs after making her fifth visit to the town since her pre-selection.