Country Cabinet returns

The new Malinauskas Labor Government is bringing back Country Cabinet, with the first meeting to be held in Mount Gambier next month.

Premier Peter Malinauskas announced in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon that Cabinet will travel to Mount Gambier on June 8 and 9.

Premier Malinauskas said Country Cabinet was a successful program held across the state under the former Labor Government, however it was scrapped by the Liberal Government.

Labor promised to bring back Country Cabinet if elected at the March State Election.

The Country Cabinet will feature a community forum on June 8, where members of the local community will be able to ask Cabinet Ministers questions on issues important to them.

The Cabinet will also meet with local stakeholders and businesses while in the South East.

“Country Cabinet is an excellent opportunity for the Cabinet to hear from local communities across our great state about what is important to them,” Premier Malinauskas said.

“The former Liberal Government would often say ‘Regions Matter’ but they proved to be hollow words. The Liberals’ decision to scrap Country Cabinet was wrong.

“Mount Gambier is our state’s second biggest city, so it makes sense to hold our first Country Cabinet in the South East.

“The Limestone Coast plays a key role in the economic and social fabric of our state with important industries including forestry, agriculture, aquaculture wine and tourism.”

Premier Malinauskas said the State Government will schedule more Country Cabinets in coming months at other regional locations across South Australia.

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