Last week, State Liberal leader Steven Marshall spent two days touring the Finniss electorate with local MP Michel Pengilly.
After visiting sites across the Fleurieu Peninsula on Wednesday, the group made their way by SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island on Wednesday afternoon, in time for an early evening meet and greet with 40 community members at the Seaside Inn.
Mr Marshall met several island representatives during the event, and was pleased to hear about issues affecting the island.
On Thursday, the Liberal leader along with Mr Pengilly put in a big day, visiting Fryar’s Eggs, KI Pure Grain, the Eucalyptus Distillery and the Parndana campus of KICE.
They lunched at Andermel Marron Café and met the chair of AgKI Carly Bussenschutt, Andrew Heinrich and his son Jamie of Ella Matta, potato farmer Steven Childs and owner of Andermel Marron Farm, John Melbourne.
After lunch, the group travelled to the west end to Mr Childs’ farm to see the pine forest he recently purchased. Mr Childs is in the process of clearing the trees in order to plant further crops of seed potatoes, having recently planted out 100 hectares.
Mr Pengilly was pleased to have the Liberal leader in the electorate for the two day tour.
“It was a stunning success … it was Mr Marshall’s first really in-depth visit to the island, and it went very well,” Mr Pengilly said.
Mr Marshall was particularly impressed with the set up at the Parndana school.
“During my visit to Kangaroo Island, I was able to meet with a number of primary producers and tourism operators, which provided a fascinating insight into the local economy,” Mr Marshall said.
“I also visited Parndana Area School and saw first-hand their impressive trade school and aquaculture and agriculture programs,” he said.
“Our regions create jobs for thousands of South Australians and have been neglected for far too long by the Weatherill Labor government.”
“The Liberals are committed to meeting with and listening to what South Australians wants for their communities, which is in stark contrast to the Weatherill Labor government,” he said.