Sharkie criss-crosses electorate for community consultation

Residents have the chance to share their thoughts and ideas for the electorate of Mayo with their local member during a series of community forums throughout March.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie is embarking on her second round of consultation forums since she took up the position in 2016.

Some of the 21 forums will be in towns which have not had the chance to have their say yet after the redistribution last year.

The forums follow on from the first series in 2017 when more than 1500 people attended 16 events after filling in about 4000 surveys as part of the largest community consultations ever conducted by an elected MP in the electorate.

These events and the surveys resulted in the production of Rebekha's Community Forum and First Year Report.

“Thanks to the input from our community, I have concentrated on making Mayo a healthier, safer and more connected place to live,” Rebekha said.

“I’ve introduced legislation to ensure the Parliament debates finance reforms for mum and dad farmers, the recovery of unpaid superannuation, accurate labelling of free-range eggs, staffing ratios in aged care facilities and the longevity of battery storage in our mobile phone towers.

“I’ve successfully lobbied for millions of dollars in local road funding as well as more funding for youth mental health and drug rehabilitation services plus a Medicare customer service centre on the South Coast and a Medicare-rebatable MRI service in the Hills.

“And I continue my fight for better mobile phone coverage, better public transport options, more road funding, environmental protections for the Great Australian Bight and real action to address climate change.

“But now, due to the Australian Electoral Commission electoral redistribution in South Australia, Mayo will be a much larger seat going into the 2019 Federal Election.

“We need a new round of community forums to include the input of more than 14,000 new electors and to encourage all residents to contribute to an action plan going into a new election cycle.

“To date more than 500 people from the new areas of Sellicks, Aldinga Beach, Hawthorndene and Craigburn Farm have filled in our community survey.

“I look forward to connecting with these communities and encouraging all the people of Mayo to contribute to an action plan for our region.”

Details about the forums are available at www.rebekhasharkie.com.au/forums

The forums are being held at:

Goolwa - Tuesday March 5, 10am-11.30am

Victor Harbor - Tuesday March 5, 2pm-3.30pm

Milang - Wednesday March 6, 2pm-3.30pm

Macclesfield - Wednesday March 6, 6.30pm-8pm

Lobethal - Thursday March 7, 2pm-3.30pm

Uraidla - Thursday March 7, 6.30pm-8pm

Aldinga  - Tuesday March 12, 6.30pm-8pm

Yankalilla - Wednesday March 13, 10am-11.30am

Cape Jervis - Wednesday March 13, 2.30pm-4pm

American River - Thursday March 14, 9.30am-11am

Penneshaw - Thursday March 14, 1pm-2.30pm

Kingscote - Thursday March 14, 6.30pm-8pm

Mount Barker - Tuesday March 19, 6.30pm

Mount Compass - Thursday March 21, 10am-11.30am

McLaren Vale - Thursday March 21, 6.30pm-8pm

Houghton - Monday March 25, 6.30pm-8pm

Coromandel Valley - Tuesday March 26, 6.30pm-8pm

Nairne - Wednesday March 27, 6.30pm

Stirling - Thursday March 28, 6.30pm-8pm