Second-term Schubert MP Stephan Knoll says he is “humble and grateful” to have been re-elected to represent his electorate.
“This is the best electorate in Australia,” he said. “I love this gig – I’m just so grateful.”
On Tuesday morning, with 69 per cent of the electorate’s votes counted, Mr Knoll had 64pc of the votes and a 1.7pc swing towards him.
Mr Knoll’s first preference votes amassed more than double those of his closest rivals, Labor’s David Haebich and SA Best’s Paul Brown.
And as he prepares for a likely appointment to Steven Marshall’s Cabinet, Mr Knoll is aware he has some promises to deliver across Schubert.
This includes the sealing of Lyndoch Road, Gomersal, and the establishment of two Barossa dog parks – both projects which will now sit with Light Regional and Barossa councils for delivery.
Mr Knoll’s other ‘big’ promise is the long awaited Barossa hospital.
Prior to the election, Mr Knoll committed to funding a business case and more detailed planning for a regional hospital.
On Monday, he said a business case would likely take 12 months to prepare, after which it would be taken to Cabinet for a decision.
But there are other initiatives which Mr Knoll said ratepayers could expect to see action on in the Marshall Government’s first 100 days.
“The first thing people will see is a reduction in the ESL (Emergency Services Levy) bill from July 1,” he said.
“We’re also re-opening the Repatriation General Hospital for elective surgery.”
This is the best electorate in AustraliaSchubert MP Stephan Knoll
As part of his Opposition folio of police, emergency and correctional services – which he is expected to carry into the new Cabinet – Mr Knoll said the re-establishment of the Alert SA app prior to next summer was also a priority.
Across the campaign period, Mr Knoll said he had doorknocked more than 2000 houses and made “hundreds” of phone calls through the electorate. He also held more than 20 street corner meetings and stalls at local shows, where he said he met with 1000s of people.
“That experience helped me to confirm what the biggest issues (for the electorate) are,” he said. “There were no surprises that these were our biggest policies.”
He paid tribute to his wife Amy, daughters Ruby and Macey and campaign manager Courtney Nourse.
“I can’t do this without Amy, she’s the best support there is,” he said.
“And I’ve never met anybody as dedicated to the job as Courtney – every day she impresses me more.”