Since he first became the Member for Flinders in 2010, Peter Treloar, pictured, has always been a strong advocate for the people of Eyre Peninsula in State Parliament on the many and varied issues that affect the region.
From the Patient Assisted Transport Scheme to ongoing efforts to secure Eyre Peninsula’s precarious energy supply, he has lobbied endlessly for action and improvement in areas that affect everyone of us but also other areas that may have a huge impact on a smaller group of constituents.
He has pushed for politicians from both major parties to visit the region and see first hand how the decisions made in Adelaide impact our region.
After another convincing win at the polls at the weekend there is no doubt he will continue this advocacy role.
What is different this time though is that he will have a more powerful voice as member of the government rather than the opposition. Being a member of government means more pressure but also potential for more results.
According to Premier Steven Marshall’s plan for his first week in government, the Treasurer will get the ball rolling on a $90 million cut in ESL bills from July 1, 2018, along with preparation of legislation to exempt all businesses with annual payrolls of less than $1.5 million from liability for payroll tax from January 1, 2019.
In the first month – among many other things – the government plans to establish the promised Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund and issue instructions to repeal the Natural Resource Management Act and prepare a new Landscape South Australia Act.
Other plans for the first 100 days include introducing legislation for council rate capping and introducing legislation to decentralise governance of the public health system, including management of budgets by Local Health Network Boards.
Hopefully energy security will also be on the agenda.
Energy has been a big focus for Mr Treloar and he has already flagged that it will be one of his and his party’s priorities as the new government hits the ground running in the next few weeks and months.
Eyre Peninsula people are certainly not alone in their energy concerns and power in numbers will help drive action but how much of that action is on or for Eyre Peninsula remains to be seen.
For now we can only hope for the best.