Visiting Shadow Minister focuses on social challenges

Visiting Shadow Minister focuses on social challenges

Shadow Minister for Human Services, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, will be discussing issues in key sectors including homelessness, domestic violence, youth and disabilities during a trip to the Riverland on February 13.

Ms Lensink, whose portfolio covers Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Youth, Volunteers, Disabilities and the Status of Women, will travel across the Riverland with Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone meeting with stakeholders and community members discussing a wide range of issues.

"My portfolio areas hold much importance to the Riverland, so I’m looking forward to listening further to stakeholders and the community on the issues and challenges facing the region," said Ms Lensink.

"A lack of social housing options, domestic violence prevention and job opportunities for youth are three key challenges the Riverland is facing.

"The State Liberals recognise the importance of the Riverland to the South Australian economy and through our policy, Recharging Our Regions, we will create more career opportunities for our youth."

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said Ms Lensink’s visit provides an important opportunity for local stakeholders and the community to raise issues that matter to them on the eve of the March state election.

"It’s fantastic to have Michelle in the Riverland again hearing from people across a wide range of sectors," said Mr Whetstone.

"One of the big challenges in the Riverland is the waiting list for public housing and this is an area I have strongly advocated for and worked hard to assist community members.

"I’ve also worked hard in the local homeless sector, calling for a Riverland Code Blue for extra assistance to those sleeping rough in extreme weather events, which was later implemented by the State Government.

"The State Liberals have already announced a full time community legal service based in the Riverland to provide adequate face-to-face support if elected in March."


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