Rikki Lambert firmly believes the conservative Schubert electorate should “rightfully” be in the hands of the Australian Conservatives Party.
Cory Bernardi’s chief of staff told The Barossa Herald that’s just one of the many reasons he's has recently announced challenge to current Liberal seat holder Stephan Knoll.
Hot on Lambert’s agenda is addressing private land rights, with full support for Robert Brokenshire’s Right to Farm Legislation.
Having lived near vines and now within walking distance to more, Mr Lambert is keen to support all farmers including one nearby whose property sits adjacent a land development.
He said he feels for the landholder who has spent “his own time and money” to erect notice signs which clearly alert potential dwellers to the operations of a vineyard, including noise and sprays.
“This should not be necessary for vineyard owners, they face enough challenges, but they are fearful they may be subject to complaints about doing things which are part and parcel to the Barossa life.”
Cost of living is another issue the Conservative Party will address.
Mr Lambert said energy costs were “ridiculously high” and renewable energy should not come at the sacrifice of natural landscapes when referring to the Keyneton Wind Farm.
Also on the list for response is abolishing $3 billion of annual state taxes with full removal of stamp duty, land tax, payroll tax, NRM Levy and the Emergency Services Levy.
He challenged Stephan Knoll’s recent announcement to cut the payroll tax to support small regional businesses, saying the Conservatives will remove it all together.
And how would this all be achieved?
“$3 billion – we’ll have a smaller government, reducing the spending we deemed not necessary and a waste to the party,” he said.
The party will pursue its Nuclear Fuel Cycle bill announced in November 2017, which seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment which Mr Lambert felt it necessary for the community to know a consideration the Liberals back away from.
Meanwhile, health will be looked at with better met palliative care services with the roll out of $24 million to focus on regions.
An additional $100 million will be spent on health across the state, including regional hospitals.
While he is aware of the aged Tanunda and Angaston hospitals and the imminent closure of obstetrics at Tanunda, his concerns also rest on the overall delivery of health in the region.
“Angaston Oval becomes a helipad (during emergencies) and living nearby we see it often. We need to have at least some emergency support, that does not require going higher, and should be dealt locally,” he said.
There’s also a Royalties for Regions program, which has been estimated to provide millions per annum back to electorates like Schubert to fund health services, roads, plus infrastructure, with the potential to generate up to $88 million.
Mr Lambert, who moved to the Barossa two years ago, said he’s familiar with his surrounds through his wife’s family the Albrechts, and he’s the nephew of Nuriootpa sporting duo Ross and Cathy Lambert.