Leon Bignell has been the Member for Mawson for the last 12 years, and as he looks to face another election he’s reminding everyone he is focused and still delivering what the people want.
Before his life in politics, Leon Bignell was a journalist, a career he attributes to helping him understand and listen to every side of a story.
“It teaches you to go out, listen to both sides of the story, sometimes three or four sides of the story, and then work out where the compromise is; and politics is often the art of the compromise a lot of the time,” he said.
He said achieving goals was all about team work.
“Sometimes it’s really hard for everyone to achieve exactly what they want but if we can get people working together and see another persons point of view then the area is a lot stronger for that.”
He said he had always seen politics as ‘of the people, for the people’.
“I have 22,000 bosses: the people who live here in this electorate. Whatever it is they want, rest assured I will go in and fight it,” he said.
“Our number one priority in the area is jobs, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of agribusiness jobs, it’s increased by 10,000 and the income from food and wine has gone up a billion dollars in the past year, across the state.”
“I was the MP who got the character preservation legislation up to protect our agriculture land in McLaren Vale from urban sprawl and then in the past two years we’ve extended that all the way down the Fleurieu Peninsula,” he said. “Anyone fearful of our agriculture land being overrun by gutter to gutter housing, a Labor government has ruled that out.”
“We’re going to oversee the duplication of Main South Road, we’ve committed $435 million and we’re going to make sure these roads are equipped with what the public feels is necessary,” he said.
“Connections for cyclists, walkers and horse riders that go under Victor Harbor Road and Main South Road.”