STATE ELECTION 2018: The Flinders candidates and what they stand for

South Australian political parties have been ramping up their political promises and pledges in the lead up to the state election on March 17, it is easy to miss some of the issues and information that could affect your vote.

To make it easier, we have brought together all the election stories that the Port Lincoln Times, Eyre Peninsula Tribune and West Coast Sentinel have reported on in the lead up to the election, along with profiles on each of the candidates for the seat of Flinders.

Candidates

Liberal

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar has held the seat of Flinders for the Liberal party since 2010.

Mr Treloar said his campaign would be focused on more jobs, lower costs and better services, including a policy to invest $20 million into the country health workforce to recruit, train and develop professionals on the Eyre Peninsula. 

LIBERAL: Current Member for Flinders Peter Treloar is fighting to keep the seat of Flinders for Liberals.

LIBERAL: Current Member for Flinders Peter Treloar is fighting to keep the seat of Flinders for Liberals.

Labor

Port Lincoln resident Julie Watson has put her hand up for the Labor Party for this month’s state election.

Ms Watson said her key focuses were education and ensuring schools in Flinders got their share of funding, employment and investing in local industries to ensure young people had opportunities for ongoing employment, and energy security.

LABOR: Labor candidate Julie Watson has put her hand up for the seat of Flinders.

LABOR: Labor candidate Julie Watson has put her hand up for the seat of Flinders.

Australian Conservatives

Ungarra farmer and Port Lincoln resident Tony Parker is the candidate from the Australian Conservatives and said his campaign would revolve around “values, commonsense and principles”.

He said his biggest concern was the reliability, stability and affordability of electricity on the Eyre Peninsula.

CONSERVATIVES: Farmer Tony Parker has aligned himself with the Australian Conservatives for the seat of Flinders.

CONSERVATIVES: Farmer Tony Parker has aligned himself with the Australian Conservatives for the seat of Flinders.

South Australian Greens

Elliston educator Ian Dudley is the South Australia Greens’ candidate for Flinders.

He said he joined the Greens for the party’s capability to protect the Eyre Peninsula’s coastal areas.

He said the party’s focus on long-term issues and planning resonated with him.

GREENS: Elliston educator Ian Dudley has joined the South Australian Greens party for  Flinders.

GREENS: Elliston educator Ian Dudley has joined the South Australian Greens party for Flinders.

What are the issues for Flinders?

Power

Parties push for reliable power on EP

Both the Labor and Liberal Parties have announced plans for cheaper and more reliable power, while the Conservatives plan to restore the “Playford model” of using the most reliable and affordable electricity regardless of how it is generated.

Health

Rural health set for boost

Attracting health services and professionals to the electorate of Flinders has been a big issue in the past few years, Streaky Bay, Wudinna and Kimba among the towns struggling to fill permanent doctor positions.

Under a $20 million Liberal Party plan, health professionals and skills volunteers would be recruited, trained and developed to address gaps in the health workforce in regional South Australia.

Streaky Bay Hospital pledge made by SA Best

The hospital currently has only one heart monitor to service the community of 1600 residents.

Agriculture

Labor to pay mining royalties

The Labor government has promised to pay royalties to farmers who have new mineral deposits discovered and developed on their land if re-elected next month.

The ‘Royalty Return’ program would provide freehold and perpetual leaseholders who have a mining lease granted on their land a 10 per cent share of any royalties generated by the mine.

Find out what the other parties have to say about the program here.

Aquaculture

Liberals pledge to give local oyster growers a helping hand

The state Liberal Party is promising to give a helping hand to oyster growers if it is elected next month.

The Liberals plan to amend the Aquaculture Act 2001 to enable aquaculture lease holders to borrow against their leases, unlocking the huge potential that exists within the industry.

Find out more about the promise here.

Infrastructure

Spencer Gulf port promise

A deep sea port at Cape Hardy has been proposed as part of the Central Eyre Iron Project, and during the campaign, Premier Jay Weatherill has promised to build a new multi-user, bulk-commodity deep sea port in the Spencer Gulf if re-elected at the March state election.

Eyre Peninsula exploration company Iron Road is hoping it will be at Cape Hardy.

Funding to fix black spots

Everyone in the electorate of Flinders have to face mobile black spots on a regular basis, and the Liberal Party is pledging $10 million to fix particular areas on the Eyre Peninsula.

Find out more here.

Community

Liberals pledge Emergency Services Levy Cut

A large number of Flinders residents volunteer for emergency services, such as the CFS and SES.

In response to this, the Liberal Party has chosen to cut Emergency Services Levy bills by $90 million a year for four years if elected at the March state election.

Pilot academy has council’s support

Although the party does not have a candidate in Flinders, SA Best has proposed beginning talks with Qantas about establishing its proposed world-class pilot training academy in regional South Australia.

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council has supported the proposal, with the potential for the academy to be based in Port Lincoln.

Parties to scrap volunteering fees

Regional towns and communities are heavily reliant on volunteers in an number of different fields, including sporting clubs and schools.

A Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screening, which determines a person’s eligibility to work with groups such as children or old people, costs volunteers $58.30.

However, Liberal, Labor, the Greens and the Conservatives have all suggested that they would work toward eliminating the fee or making it more affordable for volunteers.

Election day

Now you know who you can vote for and what they are promising for Flinders, find out where to go and how to vote on polling day here.