At a recent public meeting in Woodside, Adelaide Hills Mayor, Jan-Claire Wisdom, said it well: ‘While we may have seen the worst of nature in recent events, we have seen the best of humanity’.
During our recent bushfires, which hit our Morialta area hard, CFS volunteers from around SA and far beyond put their lives on hold to support people they’d never met. A number of our local brigades, fresh from exhausting work on the Cudlee Creek fires, then provided volunteers to help our fellow South Australians on Kangaroo Island.
In the nine years since I was first elected, I have enjoyed the opportunity to share news and views through 29 issues of Morialta Matters. I hope that you continue to find this a useful insight into some of the key issues that impact our area and our state, as well as an opportunity to celebrate some of the great work done in our local community.
The commemoration of Anzac Day has, in recent years, become perhaps the most important unifying day in our nation. The young, the old; new migrants and members of families that have given intergenerational service; locals and visitors – wherever you are in Australia on 25 April, you can be assured there is an opportunity to gather as the sun rises to remember those who served.
As I’ve been talking to people in the community over the last few months I have sensed a growing feeling of confidence in South Australia’s future. Business owners are talking about putting on more staff; more young people are talking about building their futures here, rather than moving interstate to follow career aspirations. We are working hard to create an environment conducive to employment growth and prosperity.
The election seems like a distant memory as the new Government has been busy delivering our reform agenda. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued faith in me as their local MP.
For the first time in sixteen years we have a new Government. I can report that our Premier Steven Marshall is working extremely hard to ensure we deliver on our key election commitments of more jobs, lower costs and better services.
Issue 25 of Morialta Matters explores the Cherry season kicking off in the Adelaide Hills and the challenges cherry farmers faced with recent weather events. I had the pleasure of being at the turning of the first sod for the long awaited new Montacute CFS station. Details of the State Liberals $20 million commitment to restoring services at the Modbury Hospital are included in the newsletter as well as the State Liberals 'Energy Solution' policy.
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Discussion in the State Parliament since the last edition of Morialta Matters has been dominated by the State Budget, and in particular the Weatherill Government’s attempts to introduce a new State Bank Tax.
Issue 23 of Morialta Matters continues to address the growing issue of South Australia's electricity crisis and the unreliability which currently surrounds residents and business owners. I have also spent a lot of time in the community, visiting groups and sporting clubs throughout the Adelaide Hills. There was also another successful year of the Morialta Citizenship Award, which saw 17 students from 11 different schools in Morialta receive the award for their strong community involvement. Details are also provided about Steven Marshall's proposed plan 'GlobeLink' which looks to boost exports across South Australia, while providing an efficient and safe route for freight.
In Issue 22 of Morialta Matters it is discussed how the storm events during September effected Morialta, many residents of whom were effected by damaged roads and infrastructure. There is a recap of the many events held across South Australia including the Morialta Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service quiz night, the Holy Mary of Montevergine Festa 2017 and many more. Details are also provided about Steven Marshall's plan to Establish four Entrepreneurial Schools in Adelaide and regional South Australia.
Issue 21 of Morialta Matters was a chance for me to introduce a new layout to the newsletter. The newsletter explores challenges in the State Budget and what impact it will have on South Australian's. I've also touched on the EPA's new air quality policy and what these changes will mean for the residents of Morialta.