Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie holds constituent meetings on Kangaroo Island

Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie meets with KICE students, where she was impressed with their Parliamentary system used in the classroom. She is pictured with Eva Robinson and Jem Walter.
Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie meets with KICE students, where she was impressed with their Parliamentary system used in the classroom. She is pictured with Eva Robinson and Jem Walter.

Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie held constituent meetings on KI last week and plans on returning soon.

"It's been too long and I'm hoping to come back for three days in mid August, visiting Parndana and American River," she said.

She acknowledged frustrations in the electorate that Federal Parliament was not sitting, even remotely, but said the best thing she could do was get out in her electorate and listen to constituents.

After meeting with bushfire recovery coordinator Rob Manton, one issue was a lack of childcare in Parndana, which hindered both mum and dads working on farm recovery.

Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie meats with KI Bushfire Recovery coordinator Rob Manton at the Aurora Ozone Hotel.

Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie meats with KI Bushfire Recovery coordinator Rob Manton at the Aurora Ozone Hotel.

Rebekha Sharkie discusses bushfire recovery assistance with financial counsellor Darren Keenan.

Rebekha Sharkie discusses bushfire recovery assistance with financial counsellor Darren Keenan.

Financial counseling post disaster was also important and she met with Darren Keenan of the new Small Business Financial Counselling program team.

At KICE, she found out about the school's COVID remote learning preparations and was also impressed with the Parliamentary system used to make decisions.

Also on education, she with TAFE SA's regional manager Tim Hutchinson and was impressed with the new aged care training program, helping mature age trainees gain employment caring for the Island's vulnerable.

Oyster reef

She also met with KI Eco Action and said she was exploring ways a post COVID recovery could result in sustainable projects, such as native oyster reefs off American River.

"It's all about small steps. The Island has been through so much but I sensed a real optimism and excitement in the community."

The restoration of oyster reefs provides direct construction job opportunities which are desperately needed during these uncertain times, she said.

They also provide significant benefits to local commercial and recreational fisheries as well as the marine environment.

"I have been advocating to the Federal Government to provide up to $3.5M to restore reefs near American River through the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund," she said.

"During a recent work trip to Kangaroo Island I stopped to have a look at a prospective site. Some of the successful projects from the Fund should be announced soon. Fingers crossed!"

Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie discusses employment and tourism with Aurora Ozone Hotel general manager Mary-Lou Corcoran in the hotel's new lounge bar.

Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie discusses employment and tourism with Aurora Ozone Hotel general manager Mary-Lou Corcoran in the hotel's new lounge bar.

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