Ridgway, Walsh visit Cowell

VISIT: Liberal candidate for Giles Mark Walsh and Shadow Minister for Agriculture David Ridgway visited Cowell as part of the Liberals' regional bus tour.

VISIT: Liberal candidate for Giles Mark Walsh and Shadow Minister for Agriculture David Ridgway visited Cowell as part of the Liberals' regional bus tour.

Opposition agriculture spokesman David Ridgway and Liberal candidate for Giles Mark Walsh visited Cowell on Saturday morning as part of the Liberal’s regional bus tour throughout the electorates.

Mr Ridgway started the tour in Port Lincoln with Member for Flinders Peter Treloar on Friday, before heading north on Saturday, promoting the Liberals’ Recharging Our Regions policy.

Mr Ridgway said the main aim of the tour was to promote the parties’ package for regional South Australia.

“The regions create huge exports for South Australia and are important for the state’s economy,” Mr Ridgway said.

Mr Ridgway said one of the biggest concerns for the party was the negative population growth in the regions.

“Farms are getting bigger but it’s the same farmers buying more farms, so the population is declining, which is a big concern,” he said.

“We want the regions to grow but to do this we need to look at other industries, such as tourism, mining and aquaculture, to increase economic growth.”

The Liberal Party is promising to create jobs with a 10-year, $150 million Regional Growth Fund, as well as providing support for farmers through the waiving of stamp duty on crop insurance and farm debt mediation.

Mr Walsh, who is from Cowell, said the regions were important for the government to look after.

“The regions are important for our economy, this is where the state’s wealth comes from,” Mr Walsh said.

Mr Ridgway said on the tour he would be reinforcing the importance of “a strong plan for all of South Australia.”

State Liberals leader Steven Marshall also announced on Monday a Liberal Government would ask Infrastructure South Australia to prioritise the analysis of a grain and minerals port on Eyre Peninsula to ensure the optimum location for the facility.