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Wudinna's Liz Habermann to contest Flinders as independent

CANDIDATE: Liz Habermann was in Port Lincoln to attend the meeting on Eyre Peninsula rail. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
CANDIDATE: Liz Habermann was in Port Lincoln to attend the meeting on Eyre Peninsula rail. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Flinders has seen its second candidate ahead of next year's state election with Wudinna's Liz Habermann set to run as an independent.

Co-owner of the Wudinna Bakery, Mrs Habermann announced last week through her Facebook page 'Liz4Flinders' she will contest the seat of Flinders.

She becomes the second person to announce their candidacy for the seat, following Liberal candidate Sam Telfer earning his party's nomination in February.

Earlier this year Mrs Habermann was among vocal supporters urging the state government to pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021, a cause she had been passionate about since the death of her son Rhys Habermann, who took his own life in January, 2017 following an 18 month battle with cancer.

Mrs Habermann said she had no intentions of going into politics, but her involvement with campaigning for the state government to pass the act got her thinking of a political future.

"It was sitting in parliament and listening to, not most of them but some MPs be so disconnected with what people who voted them in and what they wanted," she said.

"This has to change and sort of over the last few months I've been realising that someone has to step up and be an independent voice for EP and why not me?"

On her Facebook page Mrs Habermann said she would fight to ensure Eyre Peninsula's farming and fishing industries received the support they needed to reach their full potential as well as for improvements to the region's health services, mobile phone and growth of local towns and communities.

She said she would also lobby for the return of rail on the Eyre Peninsula and believed connection with the national network would open up further opportunities for the region.

Mrs Habermann was one of the speakers at the meeting held at the Nautilus Arts Centre on yesterday and said connecting Eyre Peninsula to the national network would do wonders, not just for the transport of grain and minerals but also bring more people to the region.

"I just think it will open it up, if we make it standard gauge it will open it up to the rest of Australia," she said.

"It's a long way from Adelaide so people don't want to drive, they're scared to drive, they don't go pass Gepps Cross so why not open up for those who find it a bit too hard to drive."

Mrs Habermann said it was all about connection and she wanted to make sure Eyre Peninsula's interests were heard in state parliament.

The state election is set for March 19 and nominations for the Flinders electorate will remain open until at least February 24-28. More information on nominations is available on the Electoral Commission of South Australia website.

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