What's important in the Limestone Coast?

Do you live or work in the Limestone Coast region? What are some of the unique challenges and opportunities facing your community?

On Sunday 22 November, a Country Cabinet Public Forum will be hosted in the region - as part of the State Government’s Charter for Stronger Regional Policy. 

Cabinet members, including Premier Jay Weatherill, will head to the region between 22-24 November to hear from the community about the issues that are affecting the region. 

Country Cabinet will take in the Mount Gambier, Grant, Wattle Range, Robe, Kingston and Naracoorte Lucindale council regions.

Have your say on what's important to you by sharing your ideas in the discussion below.

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Angela Tolley

22 Nov 2015

An Adelaide resident, I have been coming to Robe all my life. My family has a house at Long Beach where we stay for a few days every month, longer in summer. I agree with Astrid about the urbanisation of natural bush tracks and the number of colourbond fences and houses that don't look in tune with the town. I believe a lot of people enjoy and appreciate areas of Robe, such as the wild clifftops and walking tracks that are being widened and paved like carparks. I would prefer the Robe Council to preserve the tracks they no doubt originally created and the spirit of adventure they used to conjure up for those who wandered along them. I don't understand the philosophy behind turning them into straighter, urban, characterless, wheelchair and cyclist-friendly thoroughfares. Surely there's a case for a few meandering, bush paths when there are plenty of hard, safe surfaces elsewhere in the town. If one wants bitumen paths, then choose the pavements instead and leave the clifftop paths to the nature-lovers. I suspect I speak for many in the community who feel equally strongly. That sounds like a rant and it comes from feeling upset every time I discover that another one of my favourite leafy beach routes has been tamed insensitively to resemble the suburb I just travelled from. On another note, I feel while it's important to embrace what's special about Robe, such as its historic charm and rugged coastline, I don't have a problem with the focus on providing high quality shopping options and services that promote both tourism and longer term residence in the town. I would also like to see attention given to planning for the provision of healthcare and related services for the aged so that people retiring to Robe are supported and either don't have to move to bigger centres later on or travel long distances to see a doctor.

Michael Boland

20 Nov 2015

My interest lies with the health of the Limestone Coast Community.

The completed Federal funded project of Rural Extended Care Paramedics (ECP) provided a great primary health intervention to assist clients who due to there physical or medical conditions find it difficult to see a GP or attend a hospital. The program also provided primary health for those clients who would rather remain at their home to be treated such as aged care patients in Residential care facilities, particularly those incapacitated. This program also provide assistance to a health stakeholders such as Palliative Care (including palliative emergencies and end of life support), continence, wound care and GPs to mention a few, particularly on week ends. This groups can also provide a high level of intensive care emergency support to other health providers where critically unwell patients require a higher level of care and or support. This would be a worth while program to be consider for future funding and would fit into the transformation of health. It would need to be a different model to that of city based programs around Australia.

The ability to have Air medical transfers initiated from the Limestone Coast rather than waiting for this service to dispatched from Adelaide is worthy of discussion. This ability to fly will help to expedite those clients who are unwell and need to be in a major teaching hospital in Adelaide with significant reduction in transfer waiting times. A good example of this is after hours (including weekends) code stroke , where clients have significant positive clinical outcomes if accessed and treated within hours. This service is not to compete with the the high level of care provided by Medstar but to complement it by the use of highly qualified Intensive Care Paramedics. The transport platform is the key here, that is having the ability to utilize a local Air Medical transport platform, weather a rotary wing or fixed wing.

Thank you for allowing my comments

Astrid Hofmann

16 Nov 2015

We don't live in Robe unfortunately but we do have a house there that we rent to make ends meet. What concerns us is the over urbanisation of the town. It is great to see some of the well thought out restorations in the last few years. It is also right to have assets like supermarkets and banks along with all the other community resources. It is always a pleasure to be there and to interact with the people we have met. What concerns us though is new developments that look as though they are in Adelaide with miles of pop out houses and colourbond fences. The undisturbed nature accessible to those without four wheel drive cars is becoming paved over in a disappointing way. See the foreshore tracks in town and the beach tracks out at long beach. There won't be much point for tourists to come here if it is becomes just a further away version of Adelaide.
On a more general note. Ensuring we can stay and promote the green image relies on keeping a look and feel for the town that is contemporary but thought out by a town designer planner not the local builders. Support for that would be nice. Its a balance between what people urgently need and what will be in the long term interest of everyone. Tourists and local businesses not reliant on them.
So definitely no to Fracking as that is a recipe for disaster and is predicated on the economic model Chris McColl has so succinctly set out below.

Chris McColl

12 Nov 2015

The Limestone Coast is potentially the most productive region in SA, yet our economy and our community is stagnating – how can this be? There is a fundamental structural problem that must be addressed, otherwise our communities (across the region, across the state, across the nation) will continue to become weaker.
In my opinion, major issues for our region that must be addressed include:
- The undeniable threat to our water resource from fracking to extract shale gas
- Declining standards of public health (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cancers)
- Increasing corporate ownership of land and water resources, and the decline of owner-operators
- Absence of a local food culture, despite huge quantities of food being produced in the region
- Rising temperatures, declining rainfall and a water-table trending steadily downwards
- Increasing compliance costs for small business (the “user-pay” mentality)
- Total absence of independent and objective agronomic advice for farmers
- Difficulty in finding and/or keeping a “family doctor”
Many of the problems listed above would be overcome if Governments would abandon the doctrine of “Economic Rationalism/Globalization” and develop policies consistent with “Localization”. If Governments would abandon policies that favoured big business at the expense of small business.
I suggest many of our current problems are a direct result of Governments (both State and Federal, both Labour and Liberal/National) in recent decades following the doctrine of Economic Rationalism/Globalization, in the belief that economic growth will lead to a “bigger pie”, that everyone’s slice will be bigger, and there will be a “trickle down” effect to the least fortunate at the bottom of the pile.
One doesn’t have to look very far to see this economic model is failing us – increasing gap between rich and poor, increasing mental illness, increasing family breakdown, increasing crime, increasing drug use, increasing public health problems (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cancers). Not to mention a model based on perpetual economic growth is illogical in the extreme – as the saying goes “you can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet”. Sooner or later, something has to give. The signs are all around us now, if we care to raise our eyes and look at the big picture. Tinkering at the edges will solve nothing. We need major structural reform. And we need it now.

catherine carlyle

11 Nov 2015

Climate Change
This issue is real and I am concerned that the children born today will face an unliveable planet which is 6 degrees warmer by end of this century. This impacts on health, with heat waves, spread of diseases, security, water and food. We need 100% renewable energy and we have the ability to do this in 15 years see recent report by Dr Mark Diesendorf. We need electric cars and better sustainable homes and we don't need to be investing more money in fossil fuels such as shale gas, coal seam gas and coal.

Lauren Searles

06 Nov 2015

-At the moment specialist should be a priority. We have no visiting neurologist, forcing patients to travel to Adelaide for appointments. This is expensive and time consuming. This is just one example, we have also had to travel to Adelaide for an educational psychologist, paediatric cardiologist, Neuto ophthalmologist.
-I understand that you can not base all these specialties in mount gambier, but a visiting neurologist should be arranged.
-Centralising primary health at the main hospitals like what I have experienced with neurology at. Flinders is fantastic, unless you are from the country and cannot access it. Either make the teams visit the country areas or make them do Telehealth. Country clinics are set up for Tele health, a lot of appointments are just talking, not examinations are needed, this would cut down our travel costs dramatically.
-We have trouble keeping GP's and it is difficult to receive care while always seeing different GP's, things slip between the cracks. Perhaps enticing doctors to stay in the country should be a priority. Let them see how rewarding life as a country GP can be.
-access to allied health, currently there is a glut of people with access to funds through the NDIS looking for services, psych, OT, physio, speech, etc, and I know that service providers are filling up, closing their books to new clients and over worked. There are just. To enough providers to go around, kids are being left without.
-autism programs - I have not found the variety of programs set up,for autistic people that are available in the city. I understand these are run by groups like autism sa, not the government, but country kids need the same access to social groups and relationship workshops and sensory friendly activities that the city kids get. I believe that the government could encourage this, and not just for autistic people, but for all people with a disability.

Amechai Bawden > Lauren Searles

12 Nov 2015

I believe Dr Harbord, neurologist, visits regularly.

David Black

06 Nov 2015

More funding allocated for R and D into agriculture to allow our local agricultural industries and farmers to make the most of the impending dining boom in asia. And protecting our resources, the clean air, aquifers, soil and the community's that will make it possible from invasive gas and mining.

Foreign ownership of land and public assets

Gilda Mashado

05 Nov 2015

*The most important issue is to stay away from invasive mining
*Concentrate on keeping our clean & green image
*Support for our farmers who feed us
*Renewable clean energy

m j

05 Nov 2015

Kalangadoo has no mobile tower. We have no mobile range. We would all like a mobile tower in town. There are 520 people (ABS Stats) in Kalangadoo who are restricted in running businesses, accessing the internet for education, checking for bush fire updates on the CFS site on their mobiles. We have no NBN and their is a waiting list to get onto broadband. In Ash Wednesday 1983 nine people died in Kalangadoo due to those fires. Without notification from our mobiles of fire updates in our region how do we know what bush fire action plans to put in place during a bush fire. As summer now approaches we who live in Kalangadoo not knowing about fire warning. In Kalangadoo we are missing out on access to the modern economy, education, health and safety services because we do not have a mobile tower or internet access to all households. On behalf of all Kalangadoo Citizens I ask for a mobile tower before this current fire season starts.

Liz W

05 Oct 2015

Roads - funding maintenance and widening of some sections of highway 1
No fracking
Developing local businesses
Retaining public assets