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Mark Goldsworthy MP

Member for Kavel

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Member for Kavel

48 Hutchinson Street

Tel: (08) 8391 5599
Fax: (08) 8391 4744

About Mark

Tracey and I have been married for 29 years and have two adult children. I am a local person, who grew up on our family property at Houghton. From my background in farming, banking and politics, and being a family man, I understand the issues that affect the people of Kavel.

I have been committed to delivering results for the benefit of everyone in Kavel.

Being elected as your Local MP in 2002, I have worked hard for our region and am pleased to deliver real results for the community.

Transport & Infrastructure


Delivering this key infrastructure project at Mt Barker, after many years of hard work and lobbying is very pleasing and will bring real benefits for not only for the local community but also the wider Region.  The recent announcement by Federal Assistant Minister Hon Jamie Briggs MP and the State Transport Minister that the 2nd Freeway Interchange will be delivered as a full interchange is welcome news. Both sets of entry and exits ramps will be constructed as one project. What was to be a two-stage project is now being delivered as one, within a shorter time frame and within the original $27 m budget. The Australian Government has committed $16 m, the State $8 m and Council $3 m. As a major freight route, this project supports business, industry and agriculture to operate more efficiently.

Importantly, a local black spot, at the intersection of Old Princes Highway, will be safer with the construction of a roundabout, included in the project. The year-long project commences in June 2015.


I lobbied successfully for improved public transport services, with increased peak services operating from Mt Barker. The two Park n Rides at Mt Barker have been a significant benefit to commuters. Whilst considerably more resources are required throughout the Adelaide Hills, I am pleased that I have assisted in bringing about improvements.


Whilst the State Government has done a cheap 'quick-fix' at Nairne, I believe more should be done to improve pedestrian safety for school children. Improvements to the intersection of the Old Princes Highway and Woodside Road are needed.


Road safety infrastructure is a specific focus. I have worked hard to improve the safety of our roads in Kavel. Whilst many improvements have been achieved, with kilometres of guard rail being built and millions of dollars in road resurfacing and upgrading taking place, further work is certainly needed on our roads which I will continue to press for. One of the best ways to improve road safety is to improve the condition of our roads.

Health Services


I was pleased to attend the opening of the new $10 million Summit Health Centre which was officially opened on 12th November 2014.  As the local population grows it is necessary to expand the level of health services to meet the needs of the new community and provide local services to reduce the need to travel long distances to the city for those services.  Summit Health has been supporting local GP’s in the Hills for nearly 20 years and they have been the driving force behind the successful development of this Integrated Health Centre, with support from the State and Commonwealth Governments, the community and the University of Adelaide.  The proposal for the Centre dates back more than 10 years. It is intended as a multi-disciplinary care facility with a strong emphasis on workforce training and support for the Hills region.  It has 25 consulting rooms covering daytime General Practice, after-hours emergency general practice, Specialist and Allied Health consulting, Dental, Radiology, Pathology and Pharmacy.


The Summit Health Centre’s GP Care service operates after hours to 9.30 pm week nights, Saturday afternoons from 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm and Sundays/Public Holidays 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. Many people have contacted me to express concern that there is not a 24 hour emergency service operating at the Mt Barker Hospital.  Given the population and therefore the demand for health services, will continue to rapidly expand, I am committed to seeing that we all receive the level of services required and this is something I will continue to lobby the State Government for. However, with the current problems facing our Emergency Departments, and the State Government’s decision to close some hospitals and emergency departments, it would appear this service deficiency is not a priority for the State Labor Government at the present time.


The $3.8 million redevelopment of the Mt Barker Hospital’s maternity wing was opened on 8 July 2014 which includes new birthing suites, postnatal rooms, nursery and consulting rooms.  Improved maternity facilities were overdue to meet the growing needs of the local community.


The Chemotherapy Unit at the Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital was opened on 22 October 2013. The $770,000 unit has 6 treatment chairs which will allow 12 patients a day to have their treatment locally. For those who have treatment every day for a period of many weeks, this new facility will be a significant improvement for them and their families.


I have worked with health professionals for increased resources to improve the level of health services, in particular delivering additional personnel in the area of mental health care. Sadly, mental health remains an area of significant need in our community and I support any Government measures to bring additional resources into this area.


In 2009 the State Labor Government launched its Plan for Greater Adelaide which involved large-scale residential development of 1225 hectares of farm land in Mount Barker, and 45 hectares in Nairne, with the land being converted from rural to residential zoning. A further 40 hectares was approved for light industrial uses, and a total of 1310 hectares of land was lost to the rural sector.

The Liberal Party’s position has always been to deliver the infrastructure and services to meet current community needs; the Party supported sensible, structured and sustainable planning and development in full consultation with the Council and the community, we would preserve and enhance the unique Hills environment and our primary production land.

Whilst the Bald Hills Road Interchange will result in significant improvements, the local road infrastructure is not coping with the numbers of people who have moved into the area. Parking is a huge issue and improved public transport is needed.

During the Ministerial DPA process, I actively lobbied on behalf of the community for sensible, structured and sustainable planning and development, through media releases and interviews, an electorate survey, questions and speeches in Parliament, submissions to the 30 year plan and the Development Policy Advisory Council , FOI applications, meeting and talking with many local constituents, attending and presenting at several of the public meetings, opposing the re-zoning at the Environment Resources and Development Committee hearing and receiving a petition of 2000 signatures which was tabled in Parliament, and motions moved in both Houses for further debate.


Education has been another key priority for me. Our children deserve a good education which is fundamental to their development.

In my first term Kavel secured in excess of $8.5 million in capital works funding for schools, since then a great deal has been achieved for our schools. The Woodside Primary School’s re-development to the tune of $4.35 million occurred after much lobbying from the School’s community and I was pleased to lend my support to that worthy cause. I was stunned at the deteriorated condition of the old wooden classrooms when I visited the school, and could actually put my hand through a hole in the wall. The school now has modern classrooms and facilities and provides a wonderful learning environment. Birdwood High School’s Stage 2 re-development for a Visual and Performing Arts Centre, costing approximately $4.5 million was funded through the State Government’s Capital Works Program and I had pleasure in supporting the school with their application. The new centre is a valuable addition to the school community.

Under the Federal Building the Education Revolution Program funding was provided for new libraries, multipurpose halls, classrooms and refurbishments. Almost $33 million has been spent on school infrastructure across Kavel and this investment has seen a significant improvement in school facilities.

Every school in the electorate has my full support, I visit when I can, have attended Governing Council Meetings, fairs and fete days, take tours of Parliament House, give talks to classes, attend SRC Assemblies and graduation ceremonies. I have assisted individual students with assignments and sponsorship.

Law & Order

I strongly campaigned for a new police station at Mt Barker, with increased police resources. The new station was opened in 2006.  I will continue to fight for further increases in the number of Police. We have fortunately seen an increase in Police numbers, however, we need more Police in patrol cars on our roads. This is important to improve the community’s safety and security and to reduce crime levels. I support our local Neighbourhood Watch groups.

The recent announcement that the Mt Barker Court will close is disappointing and will cause inconvenience to many people who will have additional travel time to attend court in either Adelaide or Murray Bridge, meaning more time away from work, lost productivity and is a backward step by the State Labor Government.

Business / Jobs

I have promoted employment opportunities and economic development. I actively support industry groups in their fight against Government bureaucracies and will continue to assist businesses in Kavel whenever possible. Employment opportunities need to be expanded in the region, particularly if further large scale residential development continues in and around Mt Barker. We need local jobs for local people.


Environmental issues are very important. I have assisted several Landcare & community groups to ensure our unique Hills’ environment is not only protected but enhanced. I supported changes in the law to identify the Adelaide Hills as a specific region concerning Natural Resource Management. Opposing the Government’s plan for rezoning significant parcels of land for residential development is another example of my efforts to preserve and enhance our unique environment.


I am actively involved as a team-player in the Liberal Parliamentary Party. As the State Opposition, it is our role to highlight deficiencies with the Government’s management of the State and it is our aim to win Government in order to restore South Australia to a place of prosperity and good governance.

CV of Mark Goldsworthy MP Member for Kavel


Member for Kavel, elected 9/2/02 (Polls Declared 19/2/02)

Parliamentary Positions

  • Liberal Opposition Whip (November 2012 - February 2013)
  • Shadow Minister for State/Local Government Relations, Veterans’ Affairs, Consumer Affairs (December 2011 - November 2012)
  • Shadow Minister for Road Safety, Emergency Services, State/Local Government Relations, Volunteers (April 2010 - December 2011)
  • Shadow Minister for Road Safety : Emergency Services : State / Local Government Relations (August 2009 - April 2010)
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary (April 2007 - April 2010)
  • Shadow Minister for State / Local Government Relations : Emergency Services : Volunteers (April 2006 –April 2007)
  • Member, Economic and Finance Committee (November 2005 - November 2012)
  • Member, SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship

Liberal Party Positions

Member of several local, regional and state Liberal Party committees and councils.

Previous Employment


1998 – 2002

Political Adviser to Ivan Venning MP, Member for Schubert

1998 – 2002

Research Assistant to Senator Grant Chapman

Previous Career


1990 – 1997

Bank Manager, ANZ Banking Group Limited, Holden Hill Branch; 13 King William Street Branch; Woodville North Branch

1987 – 1990

Branch Accountant, ANZ Banking Group Limited, Elizabeth.

1975 – 1987

Bank Officer, Bank of Adelaide / ANZ Banking Group Limited, Lobethal; Woodside; Coonalpyn; Gumeracha; Murray Bridge; Berri; Ceduna; Woodville North.

Community Involvement



Justice of the Peace
Patron and Member of various organisations, including:
Patron, Hills Football League
Patron, Mid Hills Netball Association
Patron, Hills Netball Association
Patron, Mount Barker Caledonian Society
Patron, Callington Show
Patron, Mt Barker Show
Patron, Mt Pleasant Show
Patron, Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum Inc
Member, Rotary Club of Blakiston
Member, Lions Club of Torrens Valley
Member, Oakbank Racing Club
Member, Lobethal Football Club
Member, Mount Barker Football Club
Member, Onkaparinga Valley Football Club
Member, Woodside Cricket Club
Former Chairman, Houghton School Governing Council
Member, Houghton / Paracombe Uniting Church Parish
Past player and official of several country football clubs.




Paracombe Primary School


Prince Alfred College

Post Secondary

ANZ Banking Group Ltd
Diploma in Management
Certificates in Accounting and Finance

Date of Birth

24 September 1956

Marital Status

Married to Tracey with one daughter and one son

Bald Hills Road Interchange


 Community Survey


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