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Weatherill Labor fails to listen to Coober Pedy residents

Friday 6 December, 2013

The Weatherill Labor Government has failed to listen to the concerns of Coober Pedy residents by proceeding with the development of a homeless accommodation centre in the town.

Residents, businesses and some APY Lands Elders have expressed concerns about the Government’s current proposal.

“Minister Piccolo continues to ignore the concerns of local residents by pushing ahead with his plan for a homeless shelter in the centre of Coober Pedy,” said Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Terry Stephens.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s plans will completely reverse the hard work of the Council and residents to clean up the town centre and encourage tourism back to the opal capital.

“While I am supportive of the needs of our homeless citizens, an appropriate and safe place for the facility needs to be decided on with the full consultation of Coober Pedy residents.

“That’s why, if elected to Government in March next year, the State Liberals will scrap Labor’s plans to build a homeless shelter at the current site in Coober Pedy and instead work with the local community to identify a more suitable location.”

“This is further evidence of the city-centric Weatherill Labor Government ignoring the concerns of regional South Australia – the residents of Coober Pedy deserve a say in what happens in their town,” said Liberal candidate for Giles Bernadette Abraham.

“A Marshall Liberal Government vows to listen and act as the voice of regional South Australians including the people of Coober Pedy if elected to government in March next year.”

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