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Budget leaves Barossa off the map, says Knoll

Budget leaves Barossa off the map, says Knoll

Schubert MP, Mr Stephan Knoll still remains optimistic there is enough documentation to support the need for a new Barossa health facility after last week’s State Budget announcement failed to allocate funding.

Despite a $1.1 billion investment in health by the State Government, Mr Knoll said the only way the region is going to see increased investment is to see a change of government.

He has expressed his “extreme disappointment” in the budget and its lack of anything for the region.

“We were left entirely off the map,” said Mr Knoll, referring to a key regional projects map that was included in budget papers.

“The government’s health focus is entirely city focused and this has come at the expense of country health services.

“The Liberal party has already announced our plan to give back health service planning to local communities through regional health boards. This will in itself bring back focus to the country.”

While health facilities at Tanunda and Angaston continue to operate, Mr Knoll said it is well known that there is a need for a new health facility in the Barossa.

“The need is still there, the current facilities are woeful and a decision on how to fix this problem still remains,” said Mr Knoll. 

“We know that there was a cabinet submission and the issues around local hospital upgrades and the ‘do nothing’ option just won’t cut it.”

 The State Treasurer, Mr Tom Koutsantonis, said in his Budget documentation that the state’s in surplus and among the benchmarks the government sets are modern health services, jobs aligned with future industries and neighbourhoods where families can live safely and children receive high quality education.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.