Enfield needs more affordable housing for low-income earners and those battling on welfare. Welfare agencies are being stretched and are carrying a burden for services that should be shared equally with government.
My name is Carol Martin and I’m running for SA-BEST in the seat of Enfield at the coming state election.
People have stopped me and asked why I’m doing this. Well I’ve decided to make a stand because I have had enough of the empty representation we’re getting from the sitting Labor member John Rau, who chooses not to live in the electorate. Don’t expect much from the lazy Liberals either who think working-class Enfield is just too hard and beneath them. I want to see real change that will help our community and I’m stepping forward to champion the changes we need.
Enfield and all who are in it, are, and have been, my life. I take the time to talk to my community and, overwhelmingly, they tell me their needs and interests are being ignored by the sitting member who seems to be far too busy and far removed in ‘high office’ to give them attention. This is why we desperately need a local person who knows the local issues that matter, and who to go in and fight for them at every turn. I make it my business to listen and then do whatever I can to improve lives and provide positive outcomes.
People are really doing it tough here and Labor doesn’t seem to care because it’s been their safe political fortress. They have taken us for granted and nothing of substance gets done for us. I want to be that voice of the people that we haven’t had for more than 15 years, and put Enfield back on the map.
There is so much that needs to be done, from the vulnerable and marginalised, to small business start-ups in areas like Kilburn that are crying out for support and guidance to make a go of it. Take a snapshot of life here and it will expose a myriad of problems that need fixing, from the lack of job opportunities to substance abuse and predatory gambling.
I’ve dedicated much of my life to my community, which is a colourful and vibrant mix of cultures. For me, it is a rewarding and enriching experience.
I have chosen to join SA-BEST because Nick Xenophon represents the sensible centre of politics. He's committed to finding practical solutions to our state’s problems. He’s a great champion for South Australia. I want to be a champion for the people of Enfield.
So here is my pledge to the voters of Enfield: I will never stop listening to you, will always be fighting for you, and will never take you for granted.
I would like to hear what you have to say about improving Enfield. You can call the campaign office on (08) 8545 0400. or email me at email@example.com.
P.S. If you would like to get involved in the campaign as a volunteer that would be great. Call or email me, or contact the SA-BEST campaign office on (08) 8545 0400.
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Some of the issues in Enfield that need action…
SA-BEST will implement policies to help gambling addicts get the rehabilitation they deserve, and slash levels of gambling harm in SA, especially from poker machines and online gambling.
Business incentives and jobs
Small businesses are a mainstay off our communities and vital for employment, but they need support and encouragement to be able to trade efficiently and not go bust. And the TAFE debacle must be fixed so young people and mature aged unemployed can get the vocational training they deserve to find a good job.
Crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice' is a scourge on society and is wrecking lives every day. SA-BEST will have programs to help break the cycle of drug abuse and help those stricken with addiction, as well as cracking down on dealers. Effective mandatory rehabilitation needs to be on the agenda to help break the cycle of addiction.
Health and aged care
Provision of treatment facilities for mental health patients need urgent attention. With our ageing population, improved care and accommodation must be provided for seniors. And the State s gross mismanagement of our hospitals has lead ’ Government to unprecedented delays and waiting lists. SA-BEST will tackle that head on.