Establishing an apprentice training school to fill the jobs which are going to be needed as the steelworks expand. We will push hard to secure an Army battalion in Whyalla which will have enormous economic benefits for the region. We want to create more jobs so that it will keep families together and encourage our youth to remain here.
My name is Tom Antonio and I will be contesting the seat of Giles at the state election for SA-BEST.
My heart and soul is here in Giles. I've served 11 years on the Whyalla Council including time as Acting Mayor. As a Councillor and as someone active in a wide range of community activities I have always worked to champion the interests of our city and region.
With so many challenges facing South Australia's northwest region a ‘can-do’ mentality is desperately needed so we can get on with the job of revitalising and reviving our community, which has grown sick and tired of the broken state political system.
With SA-BEST and its leader, Nick Xenophon, I will fight to make sure our needs are not neglected because of the arrogant ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ mentality of both Labor and the Liberals. I will stand up for you and work tirelessly to get the very best for our region, as I have done in the eleven years I have served on the Whyalla Council.
Never again do we want to face the near-catastrophe of 2017 when the steelworks looked like closing. Closure was never going to be an option for me, which is why I lobbied so hard to get local governments across Australia to agree to buy only Whyalla-made steel for their projects. Working tirelessly with Nick and others, we managed to save our lifeblood and secure a lifeline in Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance. We need to give all the support we can to fulfil Sanjeev’s bold plans to revitalise Whyalla, the steel industry and our region.
Of course, there are other important issues that SA-BEST will to tackle head-on, from job creation and boosting the numbers of apprentices to health, tackling substance abuse, (especially ‘ice’) improving aged care services, and reducing the cost of energy which is having an impact on all our lives, particularly in Coober Pedy. We need to create opportunities so we can keep families together and to stop the exodus of our youngest and brightest.
SA-BEST is determined to get things done that are important to you and to our future generations. We want to fix South Australia's broken political system, but we need your help. Join us to achieve real change you can trust.
It would be tremendous to get your concerns, ideas and feedback. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the campaign office on (08) 8545 0400.
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 that need real action…
Reducing the cost of energy
Huge increases in power bills are crippling our large industries, small businesses and households, and I am particularly concerned about the impact Coober Pedy’s controversial power supply arrangement is having on the locals. This is such a critical issue that we will work hard to rectify it.
Infrastructure and economic development
Upgrading our airport to take larger jets will open the door for economic development through freight and tourism. We need to pressure the government to fulfil their broken promise of building overtaking lanes between Pt. Augusta and Whyalla, and upgrading the standard of our regional road network.
Health and aged care services
As the state’s largest regional hospital, Whyalla Hospital needs urgent attention. Having specialist paediatric services on call are a must, and security at the hospital is totally inadequate and needs to be drastically upgraded. Increased demand for mental health treatment and aged care accommodation must also be addressed.
Tackling substance abuse
Our regional areas are among the worst in the nation for drug abuse, particularly crystal-methamphetamine (or ‘ice’). SA-BEST will tackle the problem with strategies to reduce addiction and implement effective treatment programs while cracking down heavily on those who traffic these evil, life-destroying substances.