It has been a privilege to be your local Member for the past two years, and together we have achieved so much to make our community a better place.
Here are some of the highlights:
Health and aged care: A 24-hour doctor service at the Mount Barker Hospital so residents don’t have to wait hours to receive treatment for non-life threatening conditions. Fighting for transparency in aged care staffing ratios. Read more about everything Rebekha has achieved for health and aged care services in Mayo here.
Infrastructure and public transport: An early morning commuter public transport service on the South Coast so residents can catch a bus to work in Adelaide, students can attend uni and patients can accept early morning appointments at the Flinders Medical Centre. $40 million in Supplementary Local Roads Funding for South Australia over two years, delivering $4.6 million for local councils in Mayo. Read more on Rebekha's achievements in infrastructure and public transport here.
Drug rehabilitation: $40 million to address ice addiction in our communities, including $20 million for specialist methamphetamine rehabilitation facilities in SA, with a facility for the Fleurieu, and $20 million for addiction training for regional health professionals.
Education: An extra $424 million for SA schools through the new education reforms, with an extra $66 million of that for Mayo. An increase in the rebate to help Kangaroo Island students. My record on delivering for education in Mayo can be found here.
Environment: Established mining exclusion zones for Kangaroo Island marine parks combined with lobbying for Heritage Listing for the Great Australian Bight. Read more Rebekha's record on the environment here.
Security in retirement: Lobbied for an independent tribunal to adjudicate increases to the age pension to more accurately reflect cost of living increases facing pensioners, and sought to increase the Commonwealth Rent Assistance payments for age pensioners. I am deeply concerned about the Labor Party's proposed changes to dividend imputation policy.
Animal welfare: Support for an end to live exports. A push to introduce laws to identify real free range eggs. Read more about Rebekha's efforts on animal welfare here.
Telecommunications: Introduction of a Private Member’s Bill to guarantee at least 24 hours of mobile phone coverage if you live in a high bushfire risk areas. Successfully pushed for a further round of funding for the Mobile Black Spot Program. Fighting to protect the independence of the ABC from 'privatisation by stealth' and political influence. Read Rebekha's full list of telecommunications achievements here.
Small business and employment: Successful lobbying to include otherwise excluded parts of the electorate in the Commonwealth Building Better Regions grants. Successful lobbying for changes to the excise for smaller kegs for the craft beer brewery industry in Mayo. Private Member’s Bill to address unpaid superannuation for employees. Read everything Rebekha has achieved for Mayo businesses here.
Grant wins for: Mount Barker Sports Hub, Cherry Gardens/Ironbank Recreation Ground, Men’s Sheds in Macclesfield, Kersbook, Mount Pleasant and Victor Harbor, Myponga playground, Strath Neighbourhood Centre, Encounter Bay Football Club, community halls in Callington, American River and Kingscote, Gumeracha Main Street Project, the KI sculpture Trail and many other community groups.
I’ve spoken up for our community in the Federal Parliament over 190 times, hosted 25 community forums and workshops, been the first MP to open offices on the South Coast, donated to over 100 fundraisers and assisted thousands of constituents.
I love my community!
- Read all about Rebekha's achievements for Kangaroo Island here
- If you want to know more about my voting record in the 45th Parliament, click here.