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Hon David Ridgway MLC

Member of the Legislative Council

State Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Shadow Minister for Forests
Shadow Minister for Tourism


Parliament House
Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: (08) 8237 9361
Email david.ridgway@parliament.sa.gov.au
Website www.davidridgwaymlc.com.au

David Ridgway grew up in the small South-East community of Wolseley, and with Rural Youth travelled to the USA and Europe. He took over the family farm which had diversified into growing bulbs for the cut flower industry, becoming the biggest gladioli supplier in Australia.

As he learnt about growing and running a successful business, politics was also on his mind. He joined the Liberal Party and was elected to the party’s powerful State Souncil. David won a seat in the State’s Upper House, the Legislative Council, in 2002 and he is now Opposition Leader in that chamber.

David has relished his experience in the shadow portfolios of environment, River Murray, transport, infrastructure and small business. In 2011 he added economic development and tourism to his existing portfolio of urban development and planning.

He’s passionately involved in Parliamentary Committees, working to expose Labor’s shocking financial mismanagement and its disdain for South Australian family businesses.

Outside Parliament, David enjoys exploring the State, meeting and listening to locals. There are few parts of South Australia he hasn’t visited, including the Boarfield and Oodnadatta Tracks in the Outback. His electorate covers the entire State. He’s investigated the impact of the regional tourism industry from the South-East to the West Coast.

David is excited to meet with anyone who has a story to tell about life in South Australia.

David and his wife Meredith have three children - Ashleigh, Tara and Louis – and live in Adelaide.

Latest Media Releases

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Dairy crisis isn’t over Bignell

Jun 28, 2016

The Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to finalise guidelines around the dairy concessional loans have left South Australian dairy farmers in a cloud of uncertainty.

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Farming not in Labor’s DNA

Jun 23, 2016

In yet another slap in the face for South Australia’s farming community, the Weatherill Labor Government will discontinue funding for the world renowned Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) in the upcoming State Budget.

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Labor Government is spinning its wheels on tourism

Jun 15, 2016

Data released today by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) shows that South Australia was the only state to record a decrease in domestic visitor nights for the year ended March 2016.

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