WITH the election drawing closer, Naracoorte Lucindale Council mayor Erika Vickery has spoken up about what she would like to see the next State Government achieve.
"As a leader in local government I would be urging all parties to continue building and working on relationships with regional and rural communities," she said.
"We have some key commitments which we will be seeking from whoever wins."
She referred to a document compiled by the Alliance of SA Regional Councils called "Making Regions Matter" which outlined several main focuses.
Firstly, growing regional centres outside of greater Adelaide.
With Mount Gambier as the closest regional centre, she expressed the importance of expanding its services to benefit everyone in the SE region.
The aim would be to stop the urban sprawl of metropolitan Adelaide, provide more workers for rural industries and support a secure future for the area.
"Number two is strengthening regional investments," she said.
"In SA we haven't done particularly well...we will be asking the State Government to have a look at what's happening in other States and at what we can do here.
"Regional SA is supplying 50 per cent the State's exports...we really need to make sure our region's economic and social infrastructure is strong.
"It shows the government has confidence in our region."
Next, Mrs Vickery said she would like to see the State Government reconnect with regional communities.
"The community feels as though it is very city-centric and that the connection has been put on the back foot.
"With government services in the region, the government can support a good number of jobs.
"We don't want the government to lose touch."
Lastly, she urged the State Government to continue to support Federal funding for infrastructure, particularly with the road network.