Keen Ear: Polwarth MP Richard Riordan hosts listening posts every couple of months. Photo: SUPPLIED

Ear to the ground in the south

April 8, 2021 BY

COMMUNITY members from the south of Golden Plains Shire recently met with the Member for Polwarth to discuss key issues affecting their electorate.

At the end of March, Liberal MP Richard Riordan hosted listening posts in Bannockburn and Inverleigh.

The events provide a way for locals to meet with their MP face-to-face and discuss key issues and concerns they might have.

Mr Riordan said it was a “delight” to meet with members of the community.

“Locals… have the most valuable insights into their community and can share a wide range of local knowledge with me that helps me to do my job of representing them better,” he said.

Several issues were raised at the listening posts, including police coverage in the growing Bannockburn and Inverleigh regions, as well as the uncertainty of after-hours police callouts.

Residents were also concerned about how population growth across the Shire might affect town character in some areas, as well as a heightened need for improved roads and public transport.

Mr Riordan said he encouraged community members to reach out to him at any time.

“Residents can feel free to contact me via my website, over the phone, email or through my social media pages,” he said.

“My job as a state member is to reflect the opinions and concerns of my electorate, so I think it’s very important to be as accessible as I can be.”

You can contact Mr Riordan through his website,, over the phone at 5231 5046 or via email at [email protected].