I want to give our community back a voice that will be heard in our parliament. As your elected member, I will ensure that all governments, including local councils, maintain high standards of accountability and transparency.
My name is Giles Rositano and I’m the SA-BEST candidate for the new electorate of King in the State election, to be held on March 17.
I’m a 37-year-old podiatrist with two beautiful women in my life: my wife and our two-year-old daughter. With your support, as part of the Nick Xenophon’s SA-BEST, I believe we can bring about the real change that our community, and our state, so desperately needs.
I have worked in health care for 12 years with Country Health SA, SA Health in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, the Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Health Service, and in my own private practice. My work has been based in metropolitan clinics, the prison system, and in regional and Indigenous communities.
As your local member I would have a strong focus on health. Prevention is always better than the cure for both the patient and the health care budget. Preventative health care must be an absolute government priority, with targeted funding to reduce chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Health promotion needs to be made a priority to reduce the cost and suffering of these preventable diseases.
My private practice is part of a multi-disciplinary team working alongside community GPs. I believe government resources should be directed to maximising patient outcomes to people in their own community. This reduces the burden on the public health system, by supporting GPs and allied health teams in delivering better outcomes for people. My patients come from all ages and walks of life - they teach me something new every day. They have inspired me totake these community issues and give them a voice that can be heard by running for parliament.
Bushfire mitigation, management and prevention are issues very close to my heart. I grew up in One Tree Hill for the first 27 years of my life, I have strong connections with the area and my family still live on the family farm, providing rescue and rehabilitation for native animals. Our farm was scarred by the 2015 Sampson Flat fire. This experience showed me the importance of a well-resourced CFS, support for volunteers and adequate, reliable communication technology for at-risk communities.
I have a mortgage and understand the cost of living pressures with high electricity prices and water rates, and an all too high Emergency Services Levy. I’m also concerned about accountability and transparency in government at all levels.
I want to make SA the best it can be for my two-year-old daughter and for your children and grandchildren as well. If governed properly, SA can be a vibrant, thriving place full of opportunity so that our children and grandchildren won’t have to go interstate for jobs when they grow up. That’s why I’m running with SA-BEST - to be a watchdog for better government and better delivery of services. I hope you can support me, to be part of real change you can trust.
I’m up against two major parties with huge resources, but I will have a real chance with your help and support. If you’d like to help me by volunteering, especially on election day, that would be great. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0422 386 567.
P.S. If you would like to get involved in the campaign as a volunteer that would be great. Call or email me, or contact the SA-BEST campaign office on (08) 8545 0400.Got something to say? Contact Giles Rositano
My Focus in King
Accountable, Representative Government
Emergency Services Levy
CFS, SES and Ambulance volunteers should be exempt from the emergency services levy. They shouldn’t have to pay after doing lifesaving volunteer work and SA-BEST matches the Liberal party's promise to reduce the ESL by $90 million dollars as well.
Our health system is stretched to its limits. We need to listen to the front-line clinicians who are best placed to direct the changes in the system as they best understand the demographics, geography and community needs. My health focus in King will include equitable access to health care, including access to home support services to senior citizens, especially those in the semi-rural regions of King. I strongly support SA-BEST’s push for a Royal Commission into our health system to identify any systemic failures, and I believe whistle-blowers should be protected if they speak out in the public interest.
I will campaign to improve King’s road infrastructure. My first priorities will be:
- the intersection of Golden Grove Road and Hancock Road;
- the One Tree Hill Road (Snake Gully) bridge over the Little Para River. It’s an 80km/h zone with not enough width for a truck and car to pass. It’s only a matter of time before tragedy strikes in this location;
- The section of Black Top Road we all know as the “milkshake run” (because it’s so bumpy) past the substation.
Golden Grove to Gawler bike path
I support a feasibility study of a dual lane bicycle path (separate from the road) linking Golden Grove and Gawler across the range, similar to those along the Northern Expressway and Barossa Valley. This 18km stretch takes in beautiful views past wineries and would increase tourism to the areas, as well as encouraging better health outcomes for locals.