The Barker Electorate

The Division of Barker is an Australian Electoral Division in the south-east of South Australia. The division was established on 2 October 1903, when South Australia’s original single multi-member division was split into seven single-member divisions.

It is named for Collet Barker, an early explorer of the region at the mouth of the Murray River. The 63,886 km² seat currently stretches from Morgan in the north to Port MacDonnell in the south, taking in the Murray Mallee, the Riverland, the Murraylands and most of the Barossa Valley,

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While we await the City of Mount Gambier community poll on whether to proceed with the Mount Gambier Rec Centre, I have secured $15 million from the Federal Government to assist with the project should the community vote in favour of it going ahead! ... See MoreSee Less

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While we await the City of Mount Gambier community poll on whether to proceed with the Mount Gambier Rec Centre, I have secured $15 million from the Federal Government to assist with the project should the community vote in favour of it going ahead!

 

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What do you do with a recreation centre and where does it go?

Well done Tony let’s hope we don’t waste this opportunity as this could become a community hub like the library!!!

Just build it. We don’t need to vote. We didn’t have to vote for the main corner, library, rail lands or any other infrastructure. Voting for infrastructure is a waste of money. Surely the decision should just be made on the population of Mt Gambier and surrounding areas. For Mt Gambier to keep moving forward investment in infrastructure and facilities is required so people will stay and we can attract new people to the area. If we don’t move on the back of this funding secured it will be lost and so will the opportunity to build a class facility. Good work Tony

Maybe let’s redo the plans.... an undercover 50m pool (that can be used for comp) and a bball court that the pioneers could play (court markings)

Oh wow What a double edged sword this project has become On one side it would be a great facility for the Mount to have and the way it's being sold is that it will not incur ratepayers additional cost (let's see all the numbers on that not just some manipulations and I realize there have been a lot of intelligent and well qualified people working on that) Also that it is great for improving the health of the greater community (again how many of the most needy will use it) Funding is miraculously appearing but only because governments are currently realizing the wider community is sick of our leaderships so billions are being thrown at winning votes for self preservation of those in power Should we take it We would be silly not to How often has the state been concerned about what happens beyond the Adelaide hills We lost our forests to fund a Stadium in Adelaide The new forest operators have made a killing in profits (which previously supported employment in the region) Will the funding still be available if the Federal government loses power? On the other side is this the best we can do for the Region with that sort of expenditure Who are really going to be the beneficiaries I somehow doubt it will keep the kids off the street at night or people employed in our region I have seen at least 5 mills closed within half an hour of here during my career Industry is now all about profit not employment We can't keep our kids in the region if there are no jobs The state government is now talking about selling off our new power plant possibly to fund more reckless spending (was building it in the first place just another knee jerk reaction?) Call me what you like and regardless of wether you call yourself a Christian or a humanitarian aren't the basic values the same Those of us that will be able to afford the entry and subscription fees have plenty to amuse ourselves What about those that don't I applaud the city planners for the number of reserves and playgrounds dotted around the area The skate park (Maccas should be able to roof that for them free of charge with the killing they will make at the new location) What about jobs What about cheap power for those less fortunate isn't that meant to be a community service I applaud the temporary fracking ban but that's not the only thing risking our water supply Once it's polluted you can kiss this region goodby I'm by no means a greenie but I recognize the huge effort a few dedicated individuals are putting in for the future generations What are we going to be remembered for by our kids Building monuments or making a difference Selling off the country for our own indulgence isn't how our forefathers achieved what we now have Those that sacrificed their lives for our country freedom and values - was that in vain A real double edged sword 10 mil heated pool to a 40 mil complex Can we do it without further disadvantaging those that can I'll afford it? What an interesting debate Would I like it - yes Would I use it - no Can I afford to contribute towards it - yes Do I think that's the best use of $40 mil for our community in general - NO Education Training -apprenticeships - we used to train hundreds Now we just want cheap imported labour and products then wonder why our wages are being erroded or jobs lost - its all related Where are our priorities When I hear comments like "well if you don't like it go somewhere else" Or just do it who cares about the opinions of those that can't afford it It's obvious "I'm ok Jack who cares about anyone else " apathy is growing strong in our community

Credit where it’s due Tony please keep pushing for the people who are passionate about our community moving forward.

Well done Tony

If They don’t want it Tony move it up to Naracoorte and upgrade our tired Sports Centre where Basketball tennis and Netball all need new courts

Well done Tony. People for years have wanted this centre. We elect councillors to make decisions for us so hope it proceeds quickly after the election

Lovely shot there Tony, good on you getting it done

It is great to see such proactiveness and that you were able to secure this Tony. I can honestly say I have never met an MP more hard working and constantly pushing for their electorate!

Fantastic news

Great news Tony. Better than reading the negativity in the Border Watch from a certain section.

Fantastic work!!

a decent recreational facility for our young people would be ready welcome

3/4 of the target

Well done & thankyou.

if this community does not get behind it they need to have their heads read

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Congratulations to local business owners Brice and Liz Crick on opening the new Mount Gambier East McDonalds! Its the success of our small businesses that ensures our economy continues to grow and create more jobs! 🍔🍟 ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to local business owners Brice and Liz Crick on opening the new Mount Gambier East McDonalds! Its the success of our small businesses that ensures our economy continues to grow and create more jobs! 🍔🍟

 

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Maccas isnt small business tony its a multi billion dollar international business.

congratulations every body best of luck my friend

Back from Canberra and set for a great couple of days at the Mount Gambier Show! I’ll be here today and tomorrow so pop by and say hello! 👋 ... See MoreSee Less

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Back from Canberra and set for a great couple of days at the Mount Gambier Show! I’ll be here today and tomorrow so pop by and say hello! 👋

 

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Looks good! You need a blue bowtie! #PM

Het down and see this guy, if you want something done, he'll get it done #photowiththepm

I spoke in Parliament this week about the Mount Gambier Pioneers and the uncertainty that they face. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tony I love your support of the Pioneers as always. We really appreciate it. Tom Kosch and his board are working extremely hard and doing everything possible to ensure the future of the Pioneers. We all have a belief that common sense and fair play in sport will prevail. We have our fingers crossed. Love your work.

Eight aspiring female leaders from across Australia with skills in, and a passion for Agriculture have been undertaking a one-on-one leadership mentoring program for the past 18 weeks. This morning I attended their graduation breakfast in Canberra and met up with Deanna Lush of Palmer and Penny Schultz of Field. To have two out of eight from Barker is symbolic of Barker punching above its weight when it comes to impressive talent in Ag! ... See MoreSee Less

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Eight aspiring female leaders from across Australia with skills in, and a passion for Agriculture have been undertaking a one-on-one leadership mentoring program for the past 18 weeks. This morning I attended their graduation breakfast in Canberra and met up with Deanna Lush of Palmer and Penny Schultz of Field. To have two out of eight from Barker is symbolic of Barker punching above its weight when it comes to impressive talent in Ag!

I was going to post a photo of me and my Parliamentary colleagues at the Carers Australia breakfast this morning but this video is so much more powerful. This says it all. #Carers2018

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🎗️20 years of Breast Cancer Network Australia including 20 years of the inaugural Field of Women- a visual display of breast cancer statistics on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. ... See MoreSee Less

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🎗️20 years of Breast Cancer Network Australia including 20 years of the inaugural Field of Women- a visual display of breast cancer statistics on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

🍉🍓🍊Horticulture is such an important industry right across Australia including in Baker which is one of the leading horticultural regions in the country. I joined Hort Innovation industry leaders in Parliament House today to talk about the successes and challenges of the sector that has been one of the highest growth sectors in Australia over the last 12 months.🍎🍑🍅 ... See MoreSee Less

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🍉🍓🍊Horticulture is such an important industry right across Australia including in Baker which is one of the leading horticultural regions in the country. I joined Hort Innovation industry leaders in Parliament House today to talk about the successes and challenges of the sector that has been one of the highest growth sectors in Australia over the last 12 months.🍎🍑🍅

 

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🤔 metro bus service is needed to get to the shops and work. No reliable transport around the rural city of Murray bridge. Priorities Tony ,priority.

Bring to the people infrastructure. If you work for the people, people will support you.

I informed the Parliament today about the Prime Minister's recent visit to Murray Bridge and the wonderful economic opportunities of the region. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Tony for the opportunity to participate

Our Government is introducing legislation this week that will provide a guarantee that every state and territory will be better off under our GST reforms.💰 Its securing South Australia's financial future, part of our plan for a stronger economy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Government is introducing legislation this week that will provide a guarantee that every state and territory will be better off under our GST reforms.💰 Its securing South Australias financial future, part of our plan for a stronger economy.

 

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Dear Tony I am sure if the F.I D. tax was bought in SA would be so much better off, it would stop IKEA and lots of the over seas company's dodging Taxes !

Just make sure to email your colleagues and tell them how to vote on the legislation.

so why now you have had plenty of time to do it oops must be a election on the horizion