Waite

ORG Graham

Hello,

It's time that SA gets the BEST! Labor has overseen chaos and cover-up, and the Liberals have been ineffective in holding them to account.

I have personally seen so much 'dodgy' party politics tied up with vested interests, that I have decided to run for the seat of Waite in the March 2018 state elections. 

My family and I moved to Waite 14 years ago due to its great people, lifestyle, beautiful environment and connection to both the city and regions. These are things that I would like to see maintained and enhanced. I'm a Chartered Engineer and director of an energy consultancy, and have experience running large infrastructure and manufacturing projects. I have a strong interest and  experience in sustainability, music, community and sport. My wife is a nurse and my daughters are involved in science and the arts, so I'm used to a bit of diversity!

My top priority is honest, open, accountable governance in the public's BEST interest. If elected, I will work hard for increased reliability, quality and affordability of energy, health, education and other matters as listed below.

I am asking for the enormous privilege of representing you in parliament, so I’m keen to know what you want. If you would like to discuss any issues and/or get involved, please feel free to contact me at graham.davies@sabest.org.au or call the campaign office on (08) 8545 0400.

I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to Waite and South Australia becoming a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable society.

BEST wishes,

GD

Graham Davies - SA-BEST Candidate for Waite

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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.

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What Matters in Waite Includes:

Integrity

Rebuild trust in politics through increased transparency, accountability and only promising what can be delivered.  We will strive for broader ICAC powers and make sure senior public servants are answerable to the Parliament.

Energy

I believe it is possible to significantly reduce power prices simply through far greater transparency and legislation that eliminates gouging and market manipulation. We need a watchdog with teeth and as a start ensure separation between retailer and generator, and progressively take back control of essential services.  A specific initiative we wish to see is that of community power projects, where a finance mechanism is implemented to support those needing financial support. This includes using solar power, battery storage and energy efficiency management.

Environment

Maintain and enhance the environment including upgrades to open spaces, connecting parklands and reserves. That way the community can benefit from these natural assets – which will also attract visitors and grow real jobs. Australia currently produces 1.8% of global emissions from only 0.3% of the population. As a wealthy nation it is imperative that nationally we play our part. We will do what we can to challenge the dysfunctional Turnbull/Abbott Government to fullfill its legal and ethical responsibility

Transport

Developing a comprehensive transport plan that looks at the integration of vehicles, trains, buses and cyclists. The current temporary Blackwood Roundabout fails to address how to reduce Belair and Blackwood as a traffic thoroughfare. The ever-increasing risk of bushfires needs to be central to this plan along with traffic congestion and safety.

Amenities

The long overdue issues need addressing such as the upgrade required at the Blackwood Shopping precinct, a community swimming pool and easy access to health services, plus a number of other initiatives by the Mitcham Council.

Economy

Support business through sourcing local produce, attracting visitors, removing unnecessary hurdles, developing niche business and improving accessibility.

I would also like to see something that makes Blackwood a destination - such as a centre (or connected smaller centres)  that show cases hills produce including food and drink, edible gardens etc. Some of these are ideas, which need community engagement to discuss options and criteria to take it further.

This electorate is fortunate to have one of the world's esteemed agriculture, food and wine research centres as part of the Adelaide Universities Waite Campus. Education and research are foundations of building a better society and economy, so investment in this area is a key priority. The Precinct includes other CSIRO and business collaboration as well - and has good tourist drawcards.

From an economic perspective, Waite has been neglected over the years as it was considered a safe Liberal seat. This should now change for the better.

I do think that the BEST thing for Waite and other electorates is the flow on effect from rebuilding trust, and the economy in SA, whilst safe guarding community/local interests.

General

There are many other local and state issues like jobs, education, law and order, small business and the cost of living to name a few. All of this is possible, but as a priority, we have to have open, honest and accountable government. The culture of chaos and coverup must stop and it requires a strong watchdog. I undertake that I personally will continue my track record in calling secret deals out. See FB graham4waite for specific details.

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