Well known local business man Kim McWaters has accepted pre selection by the SA Nationals to run for the seat of Goyder.
After several years as the local representative on the SA Nationals Board of Management and with encouragement from friends and others dissatisfied with the political status quo, Kim offered to stand and on 27th January was pre selected.
State President Grantley Siviour, said the SA Nationals are set to re emerge on the SA political scene with at least 4 candidates running for House of Representatives seats and Legislative Council for the March 15 elections.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm and new blood in the party now” said Kim. “If the desire to make South Australia a great place was all we needed, then we would all get in.
“Whilst the Nationals is in Federal Coalition with the Liberal Party, it is a separate and independent party which focuses on rural areas and small businesses.
“We are all about sustainable progress, whether that’s for the farmers, fishermen, small retailers or the local plumber. If the businesses in Goyder prosper, then everyone in Goyder prospers” said Kim.
With recent developments on Yorke Peninsula regarding Rex Minerals at Ardrossan and the Ceres wind farm, Kim has decided to make a stand, in his words “To protect the heritage and future of the YP” Kim believes neither of these projects will be beneficial to the Yorke Peninsula.
“I don’t want them to dump in our back yard. I love the Yorke Peninsula and I will fight to keep it one of the best places in the world to live.” Kim added that politicians had largely ignored the needs of YP and that the only way to change that; is to change our politicians.
Kim’s platform will be based on the sound financial and governance principles of the Nationals policy platform, but will focus on Goyder’s specific needs which include health, roads, education, aged care, small business and sustainable development. He intends to put Goyder back on the political map, and get a better deal for everyone in the electorate.
Born and bred at Minlaton, Kim has lived his entire life there, except for some time at Prince Alfred College and University of Adelaide. His family owned and operated Minlaton Motors for over 50 years, and he has owned and operated Kim’s Electronics for over 30 years. More recently he added Minlaton Betta Electrical and 10 years ago Kadina Betta Electrical, both now Betta Home Living. “I’m busy, but I will make time for what I am passionate about” said Kim. He is also a member of the Kadina Chamber of Commerce, Minlaton Progress Association, Minlaton Traders and other community groups, is a keen gardener and a motoring enthusiast.
Kim and his wife Sharon have also seen the dark side of life having lost their youngest son in a car crash at Port Wakefield almost 9 years ago. “I understand the highs and lows in life, and I believe that makes me the most suitable person to represent the electorate” Kim also added “Now I’m ready to give back to Goyder. I love this place, and I will protect it from those who want to spoil it.”