One of my favourite things to do as a Local Member is attending grass-roots events run by locals in our area. The St Peters Fair was on this month and it was great to drop in and chat to members of the community - young and old.
Perhaps the biggest community event on the calendar in April is ANZAC Day. This year I attended the Dawn Service at the South Australian National War Memorial, but headed to the St Morris RSL afterwards for breakfast, cooked up by the College Park Scout. The upgrades at the RSL are fantastic and I congratulate Aaron Marks and his team for all their hard work in making it possible.
Easter celebrations continued this month with the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church holding a procession ahead of its Good Friday Easter Service. I was honoured to lead the procession and it was wonderful to see large numbers attending this year's service.
I spent a few days travelling to the regions this month, including parts of the Yorke Peninsula, Port Pirie and Whyalla. I was able to meet people from a large spectrum of backgrounds, including farmers, business owners, local residents and industry leaders. With the concerning news about Whyalla's steelworks emerging this month, I met with key stakeholders and locals to ascertain what the likely impacts are going to be for the community. The State Government must urgently address these issues to ensure Whyalla's future remains optimistic and viable.
Fortunately, we capped off this month with some great news from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Coalition regarding submarines. Twelve submarines will be built in South Australia in partnership with French company DCNS, creating thousands of local jobs.