Election promises

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The Liberal Party’s loss of Kavel should be a warning for both major parties: do not take our region for granted.
The landslide election victories for Dan Cregan locally, and the Labor Party across the rest of the State, likely took many observers by surprise.
Even historically safe Liberal seats, Hammond and Heysen, are both in doubt, suggesting Hills voters are increasingly walking away from the status quo.
While the shift is likely in part due to the changing demographics of growing peri-urban centres like Mt Barker, it’s also likely many voters have become disillusioned with the major parties because of the perceived lack of action in the Hills.
With growing pains being felt across the Hills through the shortage of emergency health services, an increasingly congested freeway and the lack of long-term plans in place to meaningfully alleviate that congestion, it is clear not enough has been done to address the region’s needs.
The Liberals lost the Federal seat of Mayo in 2016 and, while the State Government made a start on meeting some of the Hills’ needs, they evidently did not convince the region that they had a long-term plan to address the region’s key needs.
It is clear the SA Liberals did not learn from the Federal experience with Mayo.
Labor has won Government and has promised significant and much-needed investment in Hills health services – including a $220m new hospital and three new ambulances – but it is vital that is not the only investment we see from them.
It was Mike Rann’s Labor Government which rezoned Mt Barker more than a decade ago, opening the floodgates to fast-paced population growth in the region.
It was that same Labor Government that failed to implement the necessary infrastructure and services to adequately sustain that growth.
They now have the opportunity to rectify that.
The swing to Labor, particularly in Heysen, means the region is no longer a safe space for the Liberals, but in order to stay competitive, the Labor Party must continue to pay attention to our region and its needs.