Leon Bignell

Leon Bignell MP has been a fierce advocate for his area for the past 16 years.

During that time he’s locked in the agricultural lands of the McLaren Vale region with legislation that stops urban sprawl.

He fought hard to get the funding to duplicate the Liberal Party’s ridiculous one-way Southern Expressway and for the extension of the rail line to Seaford.

The duplication of Main South Rd from Seaford to Sellicks was also a project Leon has been involved with for five years and he’s disappointed at the lack of action from the Marshall Government in the past four years. Despite Labor announcing the much-needed infrastructure in the 2017 State Budget, construction has yet to start.

A Malinauskas Government will do the job properly with four lanes all the way from Seaford to Sellicks and no roundabouts at Aldinga.

Leon has built a reputation of always helping individuals, schools, businesses, community groups and sports clubs.

That was never more evident than during the deadly Kangaroo Island bushfires in 2019-20 when Leon rolled up his sleeves and worked side by side with islanders to help them during the fires and has been with them ever since.

Leon has developed a list of important local policy and infrastructure pledges he will be taking into this year’s election.

Health is Labor’s number one priority and, if Labor wins the March 19th election, we will provide $10m to upgrade the Kangaroo Island Hospital and provide more ambulance officers on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

From 2013-2018 Leon was SA Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forests, Tourism, Sport, Recreation and Racing.

Prior to entering parliament in 2006 he was a journalist for 20 years including stints with the ABC, Channel 7, Channel 10, News Ltd and two years working in Switzerland as a foreign correspondent.

He has a wealth of knowledge at the local, state, National and international level.