Welcome to 2024, a new year that I hope will feature many achievements for all who live and work and care about our beautiful patch of the world that is the Narungga electorate.
Judging by the numbers of tourists I have seen frequenting our towns and attractions since Christmas it is clear visitors also appreciate the enviable lifestyle we so enjoy, and I sincerely hope that the busy streets have equated to bolstered coffers for our hard-working local businesses.
A new year is always a good time to reflect and plan ahead and among my hopes for 2024 is to receive more of a fair share of the State Government funding pie for road safety projects (especially given the very high road deaths toll in 2023), jetties maintenance (letting our coast assets rot and fall down CANNOT be an option), fixing more mobile phone black spots, and to see underway a comprehensive inquiry into our health services that ultimately delivers the system improvements we called for in our petition lodged to Parliament last year with its 10,688 signatures.
These items are just four on a long list, and I take this opportunity to thank all constituents who take the time to contact me to share their feedback and experience. Only with your contact can I be guided on what budget investments are needed where, implications of proposed legislation, and government system failures. I can only be your effective voice in Parliament with your input, thus I encourage and welcome all local contact.
We’ve already had some recent good news - $200,000 from the SA Government State Bicycle Fund for the Copper Coast Council to help construct 760 metres of shared use path between Moonta Bay and Port Hughes; Youth Week Grants for the Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub ($2,000) and Moonta and District Progress Association ($2,000); a Suicide Prevention Community Grant for The Station at Wallaroo ($4,000); and funding for Wallaroo and Port Broughton helipads (details to come).
Please visit the Grants tab of this website for the latest in grants funding. Current opportunities include the Regional Events Fund, Positive Ageing, the SA Football Facilities Fund, Veterans SA, Youth Mental Health, and the Rebuilding Local Communities program.
Nominations are also sought for the 2024 South Australian Volunteer Awards, with this information also under the Grants tab.