As the race for Finniss heats up in the lead up to the state election this March, the Greens have played their best card in the hope of contesting the traditionally safe Liberal seat.
In the wake of SA Best’s announcement that Fleurieu born-and-bred Joe Hill will represent the new party, the Greens have named McCracken resident Marc Mullette as the latest Finniss challenger.
Mr Mullette enters the race as a high school English teacher with a doctrine of law, an animal lover with a herd of alpacas and a passion for the environment with a vision for the south coast.
People know now that we’re slowly killing our planet and we have to make some changesMarc Mullette
American-born, he moved to Australia back in 2006 and made the Fleurieu his home over a year ago.
He now has 120 alpacas that live at Yaringa Alpacas, allowing him to become the farmer he had always hoped to be.
“I wanted to be a farmer without being under the obligation of having to send my animals off to the abattoir and then I just fell in love with the personalities and the inquisitiveness of these alpacas,” he said.
If voted in, Mr Mullette said he would focus on filling the gaps in services around the region and protecting the “beautiful coastline”.
“I’ve always been political by nature and it came to a point where I said I can only sit around and complain for so long,” he said.
“I think we need more incentives from the state government for more medical specialists in the region – we need to have them on the south coast much more often than they are,” he said.
“Especially considering our issues with public transport here… too many people, even aging residents, have to wait weeks to have a specialist come down.”
“We need more training and skilled jobs here for young people… and bringing the medical specialists to the region can also achieve this,” he said.
“Our young people just want a change – they want their government to look after the people rather than themselves.”
“People know now that we’re slowly killing our planet and we have to make some changes,” he said.
“I would love to see some tougher rules imposed on oil companies trying to drill in the bight because it would destroy our coast.”