Council will work with either party

WHICHEVER party wins the state election next month, Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green hopes to see a greater focus on regional areas.

Whichever party wins the state election next month, Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green hopes to see a greater focus on regional areas.

Whichever party wins the state election next month, Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green hopes to see a greater focus on regional areas.

Mr Green said local government was apolitical and the council would work with whoever was in power but he did want to see more recognition for the regions and support for growth.

"As a city of importance to our region we would be looking for some genuine attempt to grow the regions," Mr Green said.

"We really need some recognition that the state, is about Adelaide certainly, but it doesn't need to be about Adelaide exclusively."

Mr Green said in other states about 30 per cent of the population lived outside major cities but in South Australia it was only about 17 per cent.

"We're looking for a target that utilises the infrastructure and resources we have already got to a better extent and the only way that can happen is job creation."

He said disincentives for businesses in the regions included infrastructure as well as policy and he believed the state government should be open to having a slightly different set of policy rules that were more suitable for regional areas to allow them to grow.

"It's really just valuing the regions, we think we need to develop some aspirational targets."

Mr Green welcomed the opposition's stance on marine parks and infrastructure development.

"We are highly encouraged by the opposition's willingness to look at marine parks no go zones.

"They are also talking about a statewide infrastructure fund, which is think is a step in the right direction."

Mr Green also welcomed the current government's commitment to a $2.5 million funding increase for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme, which provides partial reimbursement of travel costs for people who have to travel for medical reasons.

"That's a really critical thing for our community."

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