South Australian dairyfarmer David Basham has been selected as the Liberal candidate for the electorate of Finniss in the March state election.
Mr Basham was appointed at a pre-selection meeting held at Victor Harbor on April 29.
Current Liberal Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly will retire from parliament at the next election.
Mr Pengilly has been the Member for Finniss since 2006.
Mr Basham is a former president of Australian Dairy Farmers and was president of SA Dairy Farmers Association for more than 10 years.
He said he was passionate about representing represent people, families and local industries within the lower Fleurieu Peninsula.
As manager and owner of one of the state’s oldest dairy farms with his wife Kate, Mr Basham said he had a deep understanding of primary industries and what drives the local economy in Finniss.
“I’m honoured to be selected to be part of the Marshall Liberal Team and looking forward to talking with local people, families, small businesses and community groups about the things that matter to them,” Mr Basham said.
“I have lived all my life on the Fleurieu and now raising my own family here.
"My family has been dairyfarming since 1848 in this electorate, which makes this pre-selection very special to me and my family.
"This is a great opportunity to give back to this area.”
Mr Basham said he understood the challenges the Finniss electorate faced and would draw on his business and farming experience to connect with people living on the lower Fleurieu and help drive the local economy.
“Employment in the region is a key issue and better and easier access to health services is a priority,” Mr Basham said.
“We need local input on how the South Coast District Hospital is run and Liberal policy is for regional boards to run regional hospitals, which differentiates Labor’s centralised policies.”
Mr Basham was full of praise of his predecessor.
“I pay tribute to Michael Pengilly, who has been a terrific advocate of our region for over a decade and I look forward to continuing his hard work,” he said.
Liberal Leader Steven Marshall welcomed Mr Basham’s appointment as the candidate for Finniss.
“I’m delighted to welcome David to our team because I know he will add enormous depth of knowledge and will be a strong voice for our regions," Mr Marshall said.
"David is a genuine well-respected local leader with a thorough understanding of the industries that drive South Australia’s economy,” Mr Marshall said.
Mr Pengilly congratulated Mr Basham on his success.
“I have known and respected David for many years and the people of Finniss can be rest assured that by electing David they will have a strong advocate in the parliament,” Mr Pengilly said.