State Member for Flinders
Electorate Office Contact Details:
Shop 16, Civic Centre, Tasman Terrace
Port Lincoln SA 5605
Born and bred on the Eyre Peninsula, Peter understands the people, communities and industries that make the electorate of Flinders a vibrant and progressive region.
A partner in a family farming business for the past 30 years, Peter understands the pressure placed on small businesses.
His leadership roles on various industry boards have provided him with the tools needed to mediate between government and industry groups.
These roles include being a member of the South Australian Farmers Federation Grains Council (including time as chairman), Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board member and Nuffield Scholarship recipient – to name a few.
A strong local advocate, Peter believes increasing water security for the Eyre Peninsula is vital, and is a keen supporter of the Liberals’ plan to use 25 per cent of mining royalties for regional infrastructure.
With basic services to the country regions under threat, Peter is fighting for Country Hospital Boards to be reinstated and for local communities to be given control of local schools.
Peter believes that the natural environment underpins our communities. Minnipa Research Centre is pivotal to sustainable agriculture, and improved consultation and communication regarding Marine Parks is a must.
Peter resides on the family farm at Edillilie with wife Annette and four children.
Captain Matthew Flinders, RN (1774-1814) made the first charts of the Australian coast and promoted the name Australia. In mid 1801 he set out from England in the vessel 'Investigator' and surveyed the southern coastline of Australia. On his voyage back to England he was detained on the island of Mauritius for six years and finally returned home in 1810.
Area: approx. 58,295.9 km2
Location: This country district is centred on the Eyre Peninsula in the western part of the State. The area is known for its commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture industries in addition to mixed grain production and livestock land. Some boundary changes at the 2007 redistribution.
History: Flinders was a district for the Legislative Councils of 1851-1856. It was one of the original 17 State electorates created in 1856 and effective at the first elections held for a bicameral Parliament in South Australia in 1857. It is the only district to have survived in name to the present day.