In The Courier this week

Local Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie is pushing for an overnight doctor at the Mt Barker hospital and is “hopeful” of a positive answer from the State Government by April.

Mt Barker could soon get 24-hour doctor

The long-awaited 24-hour doctor service at the Mt Barker hospital could soon become a reality with the State Government likely to make a decision by April, local Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie has said.
Late last year the NXT MP raised the need for an overnight doctor at the hospital with State Health Minister Jack Snelling.
Mr Snelling said he had asked SA Health to “look into” the issue and earlier this month Ms Sharkie launched an online petition to lobby the Government to act.
The Member for Mayo told The Courier last week that she expected an answer by April and was “hopeful” of a favorable outcome.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Redmond retiring: Long-serving Hills MP Isobel Redmond will not re-contest her seat of Heysen at the next State election.
  • Estates linked: Works have begun on a new major connector road which will eventually link housing estates across Mt Barker.
  • Blackouts: Hills residents who were forced to live without power for several days last month are calling for generator back-up across the region.
  • Ageing facility: A Strathalbyn aged care facility faces closure because it no longer meets the necessary safety standards.
  • Caravan park: The head of the Mt Barker Council has questioned whether the council should continue operating the town’s caravan park or even if a facility should exist in the town.

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