I will fight for a significant increase to the health facilities and provision of allied health services across the electorate of Kavel. Our Mt Barker Hospital needs to be recognised as the flagship provider of health services in the district and, as such, needs to be supported with a range of allied health services including palliative care, radiology, dialysis, paediatric and maternity. We also need to provide for mental health needs, aged care services, and home and community care.
My name is Andrew Stratford and I am contesting the seat of Kavel, in the Adelaide Hills, for SA-BEST in the March 17 election.
This is one of the most beautiful places to live, work and raise a family in South Australia, but it is also one with many challenges as the community expands rapidly and more demands are made on services.
My key platforms are improving the health facilities in the district which aren’t keeping pace with the rapid growth of our towns, in particular Mt. Barker and Littlehampton; improving public transport and infrastructure; and meeting the huge demand for sporting and recreational facilities.
As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, we should not accept being ignored by Labor or the Liberals who take it for granted as a safe seat when so little has been delivered our way. We need to stand up and voice our concerns - and we need to ensure we're being heard. That is the message I will be sending out loud and clear if elected.
Kavel has been the very fabric of my life for 28 years. I have lived and worked here with my own business, raised my family in Kavel and given 12 years of local government service, so I know first-hand the local issues facing us.
I believe we now have an opportunity to achieve much better and brighter outcomes with Nick Xenophon and SA-BEST. Like Nick, I want change, real change you can trust.
I want to do all I can to protect the unique beauty we have here, to bring our communities together, to make sure our towns and districts have infrastructure to suit our future needs, to provide jobs for young kids, and to provide affordable housing for our future generations.
I would value your views on what you regard as important for you and your family in Kavel and our state. You can call me on 0408 800 946 or email me at Andrew.email@example.com
P.S. If you would like to get involved in the campaign as a volunteer, call or email me, or contact the SA-BEST campaign office on 85450400.Got something to say? Contact Andrew Stratford
Some of the issues in Kavel that need action…
Health Facilities & Allied Services
Tackling Substance Abuse
Expansion in our area is bringing in a lot of social problems. Drug abuse is on the rise, particularly methamphetamine (or ‘ice’), and with it issues like homelessness, unemployment and crime. SA-BEST is developing strategies to address this and make our community safer and to dramatically reduce rates of addiction.
Public Transport & Road Networks
As a rapidly growing area, our road network and parking provisions are not meeting needs or expectations. A better public transport system, including more park and ride locations, to ease the congestion on our major roads, townships’ main streets and smaller residential streets, will be one of my top priorities.
Sport & Recreation Facilities
As our district attracts more families and visitors, we need to match this with a much higher standard of sporting and recreation facilities, from the traditional sporting venues and grounds, to other popular activities like BMX, outdoor fitness, walking trails, traditional playgrounds, nature play areas and open space recreational areas.
Local Economic Development
More jobs for locals will stimulate our local economy, and have a flow on effect throughout the community. SA-BEST will implement programs and initiatives to encourage this, including reviving a broader vocational training system and re-instating industry skills boards.