The Elected Member candidates for Alexandrina Council across the five Wards.
Angas Bremer Ward (Two to be elected)
Having grown up in the country, but lived in the city as well, completed a mechanic apprenticeship and a law degree, worked at all levels of government, and currently volunteering with Scouts Australia and the CFS, I have a broad outlook and wide ranging understanding of the world and the people in it. I am presently working as an industrial relations consultant with the State government. My wife works locally and I have one child in primary school and one about to start secondary, both public. My primary goal if elected is to become a conduit for communication between my constituency and the council to see that finances are spent prudently, fairly and effectively, in ways that benefit as many as possible. This will be done by listening when it's time to listen and speaking up when a voice needs to be heard.
I have resided in Clayton Bay since 2004 and have been actively involved with the community as Treasurer Clayton Bay Community Association, Past Commodore and committee member of the Clayton Bay Boat Club, current active member of Clayton CFS, and former Board member of the Southern Alexandrina Business Association. I work locally in the wine industry at Angus Plains and previously in the Finance Industry for 30 years. I am a single father of two girls who have had the fantastic influence of growing up in this region. I am passionate about our environment and the river and the need to balance this with our local needs. My business and community background gives me the needed acumen to be your local voice for the small towns in which we live. I seek your support to be your ward councillor for Angus Bremer.
I am 63 years of age, married and have lived in the area for the past 8 1/2 years. Having done dairy farming for many years, I now breed beef cattle here in the Angas Bremer Ward. As well as farming, I run a handyman business. Over the years I've also worked in local and interstate transport, as a driver. I am currently actively involved in the local community through being a member of the Strathalbyn Inter-Church Council, helping with the organising of community events and the School's Chaplaincy Support Committee supporting our local school Chaplains. I would like to make a difference by continuing to make our community the great place it is to live and work, by listening to individual ratepayer's concerns and forwarding these views to Council.
I love my community and have volunteered in the Milang district during my adult life. In 2016 I retired after thirteen years as Executive Officer/Centre Manager for the Milang and District Community Association, leading the development of the Milang Old School House Community Centre as a hub of learning, community service, family support and advocacy. I commit to making myself available to listen to you and to do my best to represent your views on council. My interests are environment, community development, rural issues, economic development, arts, culture, adult education and social justice. I have skills and qualifications in community services management, governance, community development and training. Recent memberships: Board member Community Centres SA, Vice Chairman Coorong Lower Lakes Murray. Mouth Community Advisory Panel and Alexandrina Council Environment Advisory Panel. I live in Milang with husband John and am currently developing an artisan craft small business.
Eleven months ago, the ratepayers of Angas-Bremer elected me to represent them at Council. Then, my promise to ratepayers was to question and query Council expenditure in an effort to reduce rates and borrowings. My promise is still the same. I am now a stronger and more informed Councillor, and with a new influx of Councillors nominating for this year's elections, I hope to achieve that promise. I do believe in and support rate capping; I do believe in living within our means, but I do not believe in passing on excessive costs to our ratepayers. I encourage you to vote for me and any of the candidates who stand for the same principles, but more importantly, you need to vote and have your say on the direction you want your Council to head. Please talk to the other candidates and ask them what they stand for.
Barry continues to be a passionate worker for our communities and our region. As councillor for Angas Bremer since 2003, he has worked effectively for you and seeks re-election. Barry brings experience in business, government and the arts. His career has included working for the ABC, in government, in regional development, as a vigneron and wine producer and lately as a writer. This helps him understand the issues that build stronger communities. Barry works for the well being of towns. Together with local groups he has achieved infrastructure improvements such as the purchase of the Milang Butter Factory, the reinvigorating of the Langhorne Creek Old-School, the new Strathalbyn Library, inclusion in the Hills Sculpture Trail, funding for reroofing of the Ashbourne Hall and continued support for our ovals, parks and gardens. He has fought for the retention of rate differentiation for our farmers and support for our smaller towns.
Goolwa Hindmarsh Island (Four to be elected)
Margaret Anne Gardner
Margaret has lived in Goolwa with her husband Bruce for over 20 years and worked for 30 years in the relationship and family counselling field, ten of those years conducting her own business in Goolwa. She has management and Board experience. As Elected Member of Alexandrina Council 2010-2014 she has proven ability to negotiate and work with Council staff on behalf of all residents and businesses. She recognises that tourism plays an integral role in the health of local businesses, and that climate change's effect on the river poses challenges to economic growth and the environment. She has great interest in Goolwa's culture and history and supports sporting and arts activities, and will provide prudent financial decision making. Currently President Cittaslow Goolwa, Board member Alexandrina Connect Inc. (Goolwa Community Centre), Art Gallery Volunteer, Friends of the Goolwa Library committee member, member of Goolwa Aquatic Club, member SFFS.
A resident of Goolwa since 2002 with over 30 years experience in accounting duties and office administration, I understand the budgeting requirements within varying organisational structures. This has been invaluable in minimising council rate increases over the last 4 years. Always community minded, I have been a member of Rotary (president), Neighbourhood Watch, SABA (secretary), Cittaslow, Goolwa RSL, Goolwa District Residents and Ratepayers Association, Goolwa Tourism 5214 (chair/president), Goolwa and our Upstream Neighbours (editor and publisher). Keen to support local businesses and promote tourism, I was instrumental in the development of seven tourism books encouraging visitors to our region. During this current term of Council, I have actively participated in the Audit Committee, Development Assessment Panel, Grants Assessment Panel and the Economic Development Advisory Panel. I look forward to continuing to serve the community by striving for sound financial decisions that reflect the needs of our community and environment.
I will make an impact on issues related to water security, the environment and agriculture as I have much experience with these issues being a farmer, consultant, researcher and volunteer on several local agricultural community groups and boards. I have tertiary qualifications in natural resource management, agriculture and business management. These issues underpin our local economy with flow on affects to local businesses and tourism (also high on my agenda to support). Additionally, we need better infrastructure for our young and our ageing population. I am an active member and supporter of local sporting clubs. On Thursday October 25, please listen to radio FM 90.1 at 9.30am or between 10am and 11.30am, or come and meet me to discuss issues and opportunities at the Bean and Leaf Co (Café) – Cadell Street, Goolwa. You will see that I can create better efficiencies with expenditure and will get things done.
Ms. Tracey-Lee Cane from Hindmarsh Island is standing for the Alexandrina Council - Goolwa/Hindmarsh Island Ward. I have under taken Internships with the Federal Parliament and State Parliament, in order to thoroughly prepare myself for this role and have established links with key Politicians in State and Federal Parliament, which may benefit Alexandrina. I have worked with all levels of Government in Australia, overseen Local Councils and regularly consulted with the community formulating State Government Policies and Strategic Directions Papers (various areas), worked as a Police Officer, Pastor, self-employed Consultant, with Non-Government and Community Organisations, Not-for-Profit's, Private Enterprise, and Churches. I understand needs and how to convert them into Policy, development and Infrastructure. I hold numerous relevant formal qualifications including Ministry, Legal and a Master of Social Research, all beneficial for Community engagement with Council. For an established, experienced alternative, ensuring progress, vote 1 for Tracey-Lee Cane.
I have over 20 years experience as a small business operator. I have served as Secretary and Treasurer of Goolwa Oval Management Committee and co-ordinated three Goolwa Christmas Pageants. I am also a co-founder of our local Ukulele Group. I currently volunteer as a bus driver at the Alexandrina Community Hub, am a member (and past Chair) of Goolwa District Ratepayers and Residents Association, an associate member of Goolwa RSL and a member of the GAD-BUG bicycle group. In recognition of my Community Service I received the 2014 Cittaslow award for commitment to the Goolwa Community, the 2013 Southern Alexandrina Business Association Special Community Award for volunteer services and in 2000 and 2012 Australian Lions Foundation Awards for Community Service. If elected I will strive to ensure that the interests of Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island are truly represented at Council.
James Laird Stewart
A Goolwa resident all my life, family man and business owner. A background in design and advertising, I am a practicing artist. My family has resided in and contributed to Goolwa region for 7 generations since 1856. Winner dual SA Great Art awards, National Design award and Indigenous Service award for APY Lands and Maralinga. Experienced through service club, sporting club, school and business association board roles. Now firmly grounded in Local Government, I've enjoyed a fruitful first term as Councillor. Grateful for the training and time invested in me, I am now well equipped to continue my work through a second term. My only agenda is to provide balanced, sensible, well informed input to achieve the best outcomes for my community. You have my ears, I am your voice. Keeping primary production, tourism, the arts, environment, planning oversight, responsible rating and essential council services at front of mind.
I have been living in Goolwa Beach for 20 years managing my own business as an artist working with communities. In that time I have been actively involved in community initiatives including the development in 2012 of the highly successful Southern Fleurieu Film Society. I was also a member of the Council's Arts Advisory Committee for 7 years. I have worked as a community artist and film maker throughout regional and remote South Australia. This experience has made me keenly aware of the full range of issues faced by regional communities including the importance of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. I love living in Alexandrina, it is a fantastic place and working together is how we'll keep it that way. If elected my focus will be on representing the people of Alexandrina and making decisions in the best interests of us all, for now and for the future.
Nangkita Kuipto (One to be elected)
In a nutshell (7 things you should know before you vote for me) - 1. My foremost concern is that the Compass Rec Park goes ahead as proposed and as soon as possible. 2. Live and let live - regulation should not be invasive into private concerns. 3. Frugal use of rates by council. 4. Provide an insiders view into council. 5. My approach - be fair, objective and transparent. 6. New ideas such as fruit trees in public spaces. 7. Make the best of the one vote our ward gets. I've put greater detail on my website StewartGlass.co. I'm currently serving in Mt Compass CFS, Mt Compass Playgym, Compass Cup (treasurer + stalls). Jess and I are parents of a big blended family (think Brady Bunch). When the proverbial bus hits me, I would like to be buried in Mt Compass cemetery.
Grant Gartrell operates the Blueberry Patch at Nangkita and with wife Merry also the Mount Compass Medical Centre. He has been Elected Member for 12 years and serves on several Council Committees including the Audit Committee. He is also appointed to the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority and the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre Authority. He worked for many years with the Australian Defence Scientific Service, including a posting to the United States Naval Underwater Systems Center as Australian Exchange Scientist. He was a member of the board of management of the SA Farmers Federation, and Chair of Berry Growers of SA. Grant continues to support our young people through his efforts to secure the new Mount Compass Recreation Park. He recognises the benefits of a healthy rural sector and planning that helps older people to stay in our community. Grant will continue working energetically and diligently to serve our community.
Bill has a long history of community leadership with service clubs, sporting, social and local government organisations. He is currently President and Chair of the Board of Meals on Wheels SA and Secretary of the local Lions Club. Bill has a proven record and passion as a volunteer in community affairs. As a local, he has worked at making improvements to our community services and facilities including: land development, water security issues, reserves, editor-publisher of a comprehensive local directory, a community newsletter, a Lions club, a leader in the town's first ANZAC Day Dawn Service and bringing Lions Santa to town. He is a strong supporter of the local CFS, War Memorial Hall, sporting groups, MCAS, farming industry and local businesses. If elected, he intends championing a range of Council reviews including rubbish, footpaths, roads, rates and engaging with the community to build a stronger future.
Port Elliot Middleton (Two to be elected)
In my 'real' life outside of Council I work part time as a Registered Nurse, run a small business with my partner designing and constructing extensions and houses, play with my dog and laugh with my friends. As your elected member my focus has been on continuous review of Council services, working to deliver the best outcomes possible for the funds we spend. Alexandrina has many social, environmental and financial challenges to meet over the next 4 years. I am asking you to vote for me so that I can continue to be part of the Council team working for our community's future. I know that representing you in the chamber is an honour and a significant responsibility. If I am successfully returned I will continue to work hard and do my best to be worthy of your trust.
I have lived and worked on our family farm in Middleton all my life and have also had extensive experience in the provision of health and emergency services at local, regional, and state level. I also have experience in project management, volunteer management, and event management with some related tourism experience. The past four year term of council has seen the completion of some major projects e.g. Fleurieu Waste Transfer Station, Fleurieu Aquatics Centre, and the Bristow-Smith Reserve Playspace. However there are other areas of need that I wish to pursue e.g. The upgrade of roads both sealed and unsealed, the Murray Darling system and Goolwa Barrages, Youth Development and Employment, The timely reduction of council debt, Minimizing Rate increases, Raising the profile of Aboriginal Culture, and the ongoing preservation of our environment and heritage. This can all be summarised by ‘Building on the past four years for Our People, Our Environment and Our Future.
I have been a lawyer and fraud investigator for twenty years working with ASIC, the ATO and the Legal Services Board investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime. I also run my own legal practice and am committed to honest, transparent corporate governance. In addition, I run a not-for-profit legal service, Justice Access Community Association, for disadvantaged in the Alexandrina Council area and am passionate about helping people and the environment. My mission and vision is threefold. I will work to significantly reduce our rates. I will strive for a Council built, and community owned, solar energy plant to provide cheaper power to our ratepayers and to establish an innovation and technology campus in the area by one of our three universities. I believe educated young people are our greatest Australian asset. My professional qualifications include an MBA, MTax, LLB, GDLP & BA (Psychology).
I believe in making a difference and will help you get the best possible services from your council. I believe we have Australia's best kept secret and I want to protect that uniqueness, at the same time as supporting local businesses to be sustainable. I see so many opportunities to improve facilities and enhance our natural beauty without exploitation. I am an active member of the community, including CWA and Resthaven as well as membership of local clubs and business groups. Previously the CEO of Arts and Health Organisations and Board member of statutory authorities, I have had a busy professional and academic life. A member of the AICD since 2008 with a strong governance background, I am very conscientious about how money is spent. Above all, I am a strong and sensible voice and a great listener/ doer.
Strathalbyn (Two to be elected)
Craig Geoffrey Maidment
With 40 years of volunteering for many organisations in Strathalbyn and wider area I believe I can utilise all the networks that have been accomplished. Throughout this time my family have been raised and schooled locally. My wife Fran and I have three children all of whom have been able to secure employment in this town.There are very few local organisations that have not benefited by either physical help or sponsorships. Undoubtedly the business community needs a voice and I will advocate for those people who supply the jobs both now and into the future. Council is big business and as such requires people to be capable of handling the diversity of a variety of departments within its organisational structure. Furthermore we need to minimise rates, minimise waste and maximise spending to get value for our money. These plus improving the Environment and heritage will be my foremost considerations.
As a Councillor, I will encourage Council to be more efficient and effective in its operations by improving performance, providing clearer reporting and reducing 'red-tape'. I will support appropriate new development, employment and business opportunities to serve our residents and create jobs locally. I will support better financial management, reduced debt (over $40 million) and reduced rates. I will support Council in acting in a proper businesslike manner with high ethical and moral integrity. I have family ties to Strathalbyn from the 1840's, have been involved with Glenbarr for 22 years and lived in Strathalbyn for 14 years. I am a Qualified Valuer with extensive property experience. I have experience in development and building and have worked for State Government, small and large commercial property businesses. I have run my own real estate and property development/investment businesses. Strathalbyn must protect its history and create its future.
Michael Galea founded EnvironArc Design, an Architectural and Project Management business based in Strathalbyn. His career also involved executive positions with Emergency Services, Stirling Council, and the construction industry. He has qualifications in business; project management and local government. His community service includes, being on a team of locals running fundraising quiz nights; His church activities; Southern Cross Care. When President of the Strathalbyn Rotary Club, he organised the giant duck; When on the Board of CLASS he designed the huge leaf community garden, and he was the President of a local Progress Association. Michael and his wife Mary enjoy time with their large family. He was a member of the Council Development Assessment Panel and led the development of Council's Access and Inclusion Plan. Michael will campaign for lower rates, better support for local businesses and improved staff customer service procedures, which in some departments he feels is wanted.
Rex John Keily
My wife Norma and I have been property owners in Strathalbyn for 14 years and our community involvement has been extensive, including World Vision, Scouts, Tourism, Education, Commerce, Disability, Open Garden and Car Collectors. I am a strong community advocate and will stand up for Strathalbyn at every opportunity and strongly carry forward the desires of residents to the overall benefit of our beautiful town. As a senior executive in the auto industry I have a wide range of business experience gained within Australia and Internationally. I offer my services to meet the challenges that lie ahead. I will argue for a ""fair go"" for Strathalbyn. Budget control and best use of ratepayers funds, support for business, farmers and tourism will be a priority. Many of you supported my challenge for Mayor at the last election, I call on you again. I will use my skills in shaping our future.
I am passionate about Strathalbyn and want to look after it and surrounding districts. My background includes Army Service, nursing, public servant, farming, raising three children and as a mature aged student gaining my BA. I have been on sporting committees, social clubs, school council and worked for charities. I volunteer one day a week and have been involved in securing 36 nursing home beds to be built in Strathalbyn. I stand for keeping rates down, reducing council debt, sustainable growth whilst protecting existing businesses, and protection of our town's heritage. I believe that we must live within our means and am a strong advocate for community consultation and representing your concerns and aspirations. I have nothing personal to gain from being a councillor. My desire is to support locals, and the community as a whole, in local government for efficient and effective outcomes. I offer commonsense and reasonable governance.