Local MP retiring from politics in March 2018
I have made the difficult decision to stand down as local State Member for Waite and will not be re-contesting the seat at the March 2018 election, closing 21 years as the local MP.
I will stand down from my Ministerial Portfolios of Investment and Trade, Small Business, Defense and Space Industries, Health Industries, and Veterans' Affairs at the next cabinet meeting on January 18, 2018.
After representing the electorate in two governments (Kerin and Weatherill) firstly as a member of the Liberal Party and more recently as an Independent Conservative, it is time to step back from political life and focus on family.
I’ve delivered for SA and my local community almost everything I set out to do. $100 million of new projects and support in my local area over the last four years have built on its heritage as one of Adelaide’s oldest urban areas and most vibrant communities.
After long consideration over the Christmas/New Year break I have decided that 21 years of public service, in what was my third career, has been fulfilling and that now is the time to move on.
I have been honoured to represent such an historic area and see it grow over that time.
New Electoral Boundaries
The electorate of Waite is changing. As of the 2017 state election, Waite will welcome quite a few new suburbs into our community. The boundaries have mostly shifted south-east and suburbs like Blackwood, Glenalta, Eden Hills, Craigburn Farm, Coromandel Valley, Coromandel Eat, Crafers West, Upper Sturt and the remainder of Belair are all going to become a part of this new-look Waite.
The downside of these changes is that many neighbourhoods that have made up this electorate for many years are being forced out. We will be regretfully saying goodbye to Panorama, Clapham, Colonel Light Gardens, Lower Mitcham, Hawthorn and Westbourne Park. It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve these areas and these people.