State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will engage with the local community and industry with a focus on jobs and the economy during a visit to the Riverland this month, including a public forum to be held at the Berri Town Hall. 

Hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Marshall has an extensive itinerary during the August 15 visit.

“South Australia’s regions provide a significant contribution to our state’s economy and the Riverland plays a key role as a quality food and beverage exporter in the clean, green landscape along the River Murray,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s Budget failed to assist businesses and address the economic and social issues facing our regional communities. 

“The Riverland continues to face significant challenges around unemployment, skyrocketing electricity prices and costs of utilities, social challenges, youth retention and population growth. 

“The State Liberals have a number of policies in place to address the significant issues facing the Riverland including, increasing export capacity through establishing international trade offices, improving regional health services and clearing hospital  maintenance backlogs, waiving stamp duty on multi-peril crop insurance and reinstating the ESL remission. 

“This visit is about meeting with Riverland communities and taking on board the feedback and concerns from regional people firsthand.” 

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the visit demonstrates Mr Marshall’s commitment to the Riverland and regional South Australia. 

“Every day, business owners in the Riverland face challenges just to keep their doors open, particularly with high electricity, gas and water costs, and this state needs a better solution to back small to medium businesses,” Mr Whetstone said.

“Mr Marshall understands the importance of primary production and tourism to the Riverland and these are key areas of focus during his visit.”

A public forum with Mr Marshall and Mr Whetstone will be held at the Berri Town Hall on August 15, starting at 6pm.

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