Less than a week remains to have your say on the Marshall Liberal Government's Regional Development Strategy, which will deliver the first whole-of-government plan for supporting regional enablers and long-term investment to shape the future of the state’s regions.
A Community Advisory Panel – appointed by the Minister – has undertaken a series of forums across the state, providing an opportunity for key regional stakeholders and community members to provide direct feedback.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the views of regional communities are vital in the development of the strategy.
"The state-wide consultation process is fundamental to the direction of regions in South Australia and has given key stakeholders, communities and individuals a voice in the formation of a Regional Development Strategy," said Minister Whetstone.
"I encourage the entire regional community to get involved and share their ideas with the panel - community forums are being held in Port Pirie, Port August and Whyalla this week, and you can submit your views online and by post.
"We released a discussion paper at the start of this process to give stakeholders guidance, including a number of key questions they can consider in providing their input.
"We recognise South Australia's regions and the communities living and working in them are crucial for the future prosperity of our state as a whole – so we need to have a strategic, whole-of-government approach to regional State Government support."
The Community Advisory Panel consists of regional industry representatives Mark Sutton, Bill Spurr, Tony Vaughan, Sam Telfer, Maree Wauchope and Jeremy Conway. Profiles of these panel members are available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/regionaldevelopmentstrategy
The consultation period closes on Friday 26 July 2019. For more information and to participate in the consultation visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/regional-development