Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson and council chief executive Andrew Stuart fear that Mt Barker will become a “dysfunctional city” if the State Government doesn’t invest significantly in the region to cater for its rapid growth.

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Loss of faith

The Mt Barker Council says the town risks becoming a “dysfunctional city” if the State Government continues to neglect urgent infrastructure needs.

Council chief executive Andrew Stuart warned this week that the community had lost faith in the Government, which would “piss off” a growing voter base if it failed to invest in infrastructure and planning to cater for the region’s rapid growth.

The council unveiled an investment wishlist this week – headlined by the completion of the fractured Heysen Boulevard – in the wake of Kavel MP Dan Cregan’s defection from the Liberal Party.

Mayor Ann Ferguson said she hoped the council could capitalise on political instability in the former blue-ribbon Liberal electorate.