Patrick wants Eyre Peninsula solutions

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick says he wants to highlight issues facing Eyre Peninsula communities in order to reach a resolution.

He recently toured the region, visiting Kimba, Wudinna, Streaky Bay and Elliston to talk issues affecting the towns with mayors, councillors and community members.

Topics including mobile black spots and internet coverage were on the agenda, with a main point of discussion relating to transport and the recent Viterra decision to utilise roads instead of the Eyre Peninsula Rail Network to haul grain.

Mr Patrick said that was a "common thread" throughout conversations, but also linked to other issues.

"People are concerned about roads, which have aged and will now have heavier vehicles on roads," he said.

"Heavy vehicles will be mixing with caravans and other vehicles on the roads.

"That ties into the mobile black spots and should there be an accident on the road then there is a lack of mobile coverage."

Mr Patrick said he had written state Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Stephan Knoll asking for a release of the region's rail plan document, while he has spoken with Infrastructure Australia regarding mobile black spots and was doing research into the obligations of mobile carriers.

He said unreliable internet was impacting communities and businesses.

"In Wudinna the big issue was the NBN (National Broadband Network), I spoke to many people across the community and listened to the perspective of the impact of not having data services," Mr Patrick said.

"It is across everything, ranging from education to government services that have gone online, to doctors and health professionals not being able to conference call.

"They have no data in a world where more people go online to access business."

Mr Patrick said he would pass on information received to colleagues in Canberra, including Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, hoping greater exposure could help find a solution.

"I will try to get some visibility to some more important issues for people on Eyre Peninsula and put pressure on the government to fix these problems," he said.

"With the rail I have asked for the release [of the document] and will go back after I receive answers from Infrastructure Australia for more conversations, and there have been informal talks about what needs to be done.

"We need to look at the state government commission into the study for solutions, which may reveal some good ideas but should be known to the public."

Mr Patrick said the government needed to make a final decision on a port in the region as other proposals had "muddied the waters".

"If we get Cape Hardy to proceed it shifts the dynamic to where grain is shipped from and there can be more than one location and that may alter the rail infrastructure on Eyre Peninsula, so it needs to be looked at from multiple dimensions," he said.

"Until decisions are made we are in a situation of uncertainty and looking for answers."