Pangallo hears Eastern Eyre concerns

Support for drought affected farmers and improved health services for Eyre Peninsula communities are some of the talking points SA Best Legislative Council Member Frank Pangallo will take back from his visit to Eyre Peninsula this past week.

Mr Pangallo visited communities including Kimba, Cleve and Cowell on Wednesday and Thursday as a part of his party’s “listening tour” to hear the concerns of Eyre Peninsula and Upper Spencer Gulf residents.

This included a community forum at the Kimba Institute Hall on Wednesday which brought together about 16 people from the local community.

Mr Pangallo said one of the most “disturbing” issues he found out was the lack of a doctor in Kimba and the effect it had on the surrounding district.

“I’ll be pushing for the state government to try to do more to try to place a doctor in the Kimba area,” he said.

“I think people in regional communities deserve the same kind of medical services as those in the city do.”

Mr Pangallo said he also had the chance to speak to local farmers and seeing the condition of local farms was an “eye opener” on the conditions Eyre Peninsula farmers were facing.

“I came from Cleve where there’s been steady rain then into Cowell where it’s bone dry,” he said.

“One thing I will be fighting for is more assistance and recognition for farmers of South Australia, including Eyre Peninsula.”

Other issues brought up to Mr Pangallo include the proposed radioactive waste facility and telecommunications.

Mr Pangallo said the community needed to weigh up the economic benefits the facility could bring and the science did not support concerns people had about an environmental impact.

“I think the facility will be very well managed...I don’t think it will impact the region’s green reputation,” he said.

Kimba District Council chief executive officer Deb Larwood said she felt Mr Pangallo took on board the concerns of the community and hopes they could be addressed to the government.

“I think it’s good to have a member of parliament (come) and sit down with members of the community … so they can hear the concerns we have specific to our community,” she said.