Country Cabinet is an initiative that sees the Premier and Cabinet Ministers visit three regions per year until 2017.
The following dates, Council districts and locations have been confirmed for Country Cabinet in 2017:
2 - 4 April: Port Pirie Regional Council, Wakefield Regional Council, Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Yorke Peninsula Council, District Council of Barunga West and District Council of The Copper Coast
30 April - 2 May: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
4 - 6 June: City of Victor Harbor, District Council of Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island Council
Country Cabinet is more than simply a visit to a regional location. A series of events and meetings allow the Government to hear from local people about the matters affecting them and their communities.
Regional communities make a major contribution to South Australia’s identity, quality of life and prosperity. Our regions generate much of the state’s wealth, contributing more than $20 billion towards our economy.
Building stronger regions is a priority for the South Australian Government.
What happens at Country Cabinet?
At Country Cabinet, local residents have the opportunity to attend a community forum to share their ideas about how to make their region a more prosperous and thriving place. The agenda for each Country Cabinet is informed and driven by issues raised by the local community during an extensive pre-engagement process.
The forum is usually held on a Sunday night and involves a casual BBQ followed by a Q&A session with the community and Cabinet Ministers.
The Premier and Cabinet Ministers also hold their cabinet meeting in the region and attend a series of events and meetings with key leaders and community organisations in the area.
How does Country Cabinet help the community?
The Government collates the feedback on the issues it hears during Country Cabinet, from events held during the visit, as well as from online issues raised by the community through the YourSAy website.
The feedback is used to form an Issues Paper. The paper groups the issues and is placed on the YourSAy website, providing the regional community further chance to provide comment.
Government agencies provide a response to the issues they are responsible for, and a report is released within 90 days of Country Cabinet occurring in a region.