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John Gardner

State Member for Morialta

Shadow Minister for Education
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs


John Gardner lives in Athelstone, in the heart of Morialta - not too far from the area where he grew up in Rostrevor. John is actively engaged in the local community, being a member, sponsor and supporter of a large range of local service, sporting and other community groups.

John worked in his family's small water treatment business while studying at the University of Adelaide. Since graduating, he has also worked in policy areas of health (particularly illicit drug prevention and rehabilitation), and education.

John was elected as Member for Morialta in March 2010. He has worked hard to advocate for his local community in his time in the Parliament.  John successfully fought for the restoration of funding for the Norwood-Morialta High School – which initially saw its funding cut by over half a million dollars per year in the 2010 Budget; he successfully fought for Government funding to provide a fire siren at Athelstone; and he regularly champions local causes to ensure that issues important to the Morialta community are heard in the Parliament.

Electorate Office Contact Details:

163 St Bernards Road
Rostrevor SA 5073


Telephone: (08) 8365 4224


Electorate Profile

Morialta is derived from a Kaurna aboriginal word 'mariyatala' - 'mari' meaning 'east' and 'yertala' flowing water'.

Area: approx. 94.2 km2

Location: Takes in the foothills suburbs and hills area to the east and north-east of Adelaide, the River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri forming the northern boundary. Some boundary changes at the 2007 redistribution.

History: Created at the 1998 boundary redistribution (formerly Coles).

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Naval shipbuilding college a welcome training boost

May 16, 2017

 The State Liberals have today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement they will establish a $25 million naval shipbuilding college in Adelaide, designed to train workers to build $90 billion worth of naval infrastructure for our country.

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NAPLAN testing starts today

May 09, 2017
South Australian students will today begin their NAPLAN tests, with tens of thousands of students undertaking tests in ‘Language conventions’ and ‘Writing’.

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Government mixes messages on Botanic High school zones

Apr 13, 2017

The Premier and his Education Minister have been caught out providing different information about who may be able to enrol in the new Adelaide Botanic High School, according to the State Liberals.

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