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Someone once said to me that I would find being in Opposition frustrating as it is only government MPs who have the power to drive change.

I could have taken this one of two ways. I could have used it as an excuse to sit back and relax for the term, or I could take it as a challenge to prove them wrong and use my position as a local MP to make things happen. I chose the latter. 

Through tenacious advocacy, building relationships, advancing ideas and providing leadership, I have spent my first two years in office working hard to deliver for our community.

The Beach for All initiative, profiled in this newsletter, is a great example of our community working together to make something happen. As a result of this amazing partnership, Seacliff beach is now South Australia’s first wheelchair accessible beach! 

In this newsletter I provide an update on my six priorities, outlining achievements delivered under my focus areas for the 2014-2018 term. It is exciting to look back on the things that have been achieved this year, but it is also a reminder that there is plenty more to do.

I look forward to working with you to achieve more for our community throughout 2016.



Beach for All

Beach for All stands out at the proudest moment of my career so far. On Australia Day, a group of around 50 local people gathered at Seacliff to see South Australia’s first wheelchair accessible beach become a reality. 

Most people take walking on the beach for granted. In our community, where the coast is a central part of life, getting sand between our toes and letting salt water lap over our feet is often an antidote to the busyness and stresses of life; so imagine only being able to look at the beach from afar, trapped on the Esplanade while family members and friends head to the water’s edge. 

Back in September, I was tagged in a social media post showing a pathway across the soft sand on a Balinese beach. Taken by the concept, I decided this should be more than a feel-good post on Facebook; it should be something we have here in South Australia.

An online fundraising website was established in October and we quickly discovered that this was an idea which resonated with the community. Donations, large and small, flooded in from individuals, businesses and community organisations, making the beach access mat a possibility.

On Australia Day, Charlie Rowland, a 17-year-old Seacliff Park resident and spinal atrophy sufferer (pictured below), was able to travel down the pathway and cut the ribbon as our inaugural user, reaching the water’s edge without his family carrying him for the first time in his life. It was an emotional moment for everyone present, including me. 

Since the launch, I have spoken to people who had never been able to visit the beach before and others who hadn’t been there for many years. I have also spoken to surf clubs, local councils and other stakeholders all over Australia about making more of our beaches accessible. Just last week, the Gold Coast City Council announced that it is looking to Seacliff's leadership as it works to make its beaches more accessible; a fantastic outcome! You can read more about this success here

During the trial, the beach access mat was rolled out by Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club from Australia Day through to the Easter Weekend. Now that the trial is complete, we will take stock of the feedback we’ve received and look to the future. I’m hopeful that we will be able to extend its hours of operation at some point, making Seacliff beach even more accessible.

Click here to continue to follow the Beach for All journey.


Donations honour board: 

·       Rotary Club of Brighton: $5,000 

·       Bendigo Bank Marion Branch: $2,000 

·       City of Holdfast Bay: $1,000

·       Lions Club of Hallett Cove and Districts: $500

·       EnerG+ Personal Training: $500


Lions Club of Hallett Cove and Districts


My 2015/16 Annual Report

When I ran for election, I worked with our community to develop six priorities which would shape my approach to being your local representative. While these areas do not constitute all of my work as a Member of Parliament, they are areas of significant importance to local people and, as such, I work hard to deliver progress across each priority.   

To ensure that I am accountable to our community, I publish an annual report each April reflecting on what has been achieved over the past year. 


Day: Monday 25 April
Time: 6.00 am 
Location: Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove foreshore

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Working on the delivery of the Anzac memorial at Hallett Cove’s foreshore has been one of the most significant projects I’ve focused on during my time in public life. The 2015 inaugural Anzac Dawn Service was a moving event in a spectacular location and I hope you can join the Hallett Cove community at this years’ foreshore service organised by the local Lions Club.

Guest speakers include Andrew Cook, Regimental Sergeant Major at Warradale Barracks and Corey Wingard MP. Local schools and churches will also be involved on the day.


Fix Oaklands Crossing


The congestion disaster unfolding every day at the Oaklands crossing at Oaklands Park is frequently raised with me by locals who waste their valuable time sitting in long traffic jams.

We have been promised a solution for decades, but nothing has been delivered and the government’s inaction shows a complete lack of understanding of the necessity of this project within our community.  

I have been working closely with my colleague Mr Corey Wingard, Member for Mitchell, who is leading a campaign on this issue and we will both continue to fight for a solution. The campaign has recently ramped up and a dedicated website has been developed as a discussion point to identify concerns and solutions so we can continue to move toward fixing Oaklands crossing.


Community Business Directory


Recently I released my Community Business Directory, a compilation of local businesses that have joined my ‘Buy Local’ campaign and have advertised in this grassroots publication. 

The directory was put together with the support of Bendigo Bank Marion and aims to help readers discover businesses in our local area that are keen for your support in tough economic times.

The directory has been delivered to every household in the electorate; however, if you didn’t receive yours or have misplaced it, please get in touch with my office and we’ll be more than happy to send you one.


Policy updates

In March, the Liberal Party launched '2036', a manifesto that outlines what we stand for and the key priorities we will focus on if elected in 2018. We believe this document provides a clear and strong foundation upon which we will build policies to transform South Australia. You can read 2036 here

Government follows Liberals lead on Uber

On 31 March this year, State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall announced that the State Liberals would introduce legislation to allow ride-sharing services, such as UberX, to legally operate in South Australia. UberX is popular interstate and overseas, but has so far been banned from operating in South Australia. 

Ride-sharing increases competition, gives customers a broader range and choice of services, and improves transport reliability and customer service and I am pleased to report that the government has now decided to backflip on their opposition to ride-sharing, agreeing with Liberal Party policy and allowing UberX to operate from 1 July 2016. Read more here.

Reinvigorating Glenelg Jetty

In its prime, Glenelg Jetty housed city baths, a tea house and even an aquarium, and I am delighted to have worked with colleagues to promote a project that could see it returned to its former glory.

The proposed redevelopment of Glenelg Jetty is aimed at reinvigorating the foreshore, creating jobs and attracting tourism and the plan includes expanding the size of the existing jetty to facilitate commercial development including a hotel, restaurants, and recreational facilities.

This project would redefine Glenelg and ensure that Adelaide's premier coastal destination has an exciting future as a key part of South Australia's tourism industry. Find out more here .

Rate capping

Council rate rises are just too high and have become a real cost of living burden on many South Australian households. In the last year alone, some councils have increased their rates by up to triple the rate of inflation and this is not sustainable for households already struggling with the soaring cost of living.

This is a concern that has been firmly on my radar since my time on Marion Council several years ago and one that I have been a strong proponent of, initiating an inquiry last year into council rate rises through my role on parliament's Economic and Finance Committee. 

In response to the results of this inquiry, the State Liberals introduced legislation into Parliament in March to impose a cap on council rate rises, preventing unnecessary rate hikes. Read more here.  


MatchWorks job seeker connects with local Hallett Cove employer


It’s always great to see local businesses thrive and it’s especially good to see them do so in an inclusive and sustainable way.

Drakes Foodland at Hallett Cove is known for ‘supporting local’ and what better way to do this than by employing people who have been struggling to find employment elsewhere for various reasons.

I was heartened to hear of an example of this recently where Drakes Foodland gave job seeker Giles Ewing, who has autism, a “new lease on life” after being approached by local employment service provider MatchWorks.

Great work Foodland and Giles!


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