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The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the annual Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises Year Six students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.

Parents, teachers, principals and members of communities around the country can nominate a child who is making a difference at before September 10.

Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 750 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others. This year the award has expanded nationwide.

Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Fear and Greed

Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge, has struck a deal with Premier Jay Weatherill that, if the $ 90 million bank tax is passed, then $100 million worth of remissions on the Emergency Services Levy will be put back in place.  This will benefit more than 500,000 households, 40,000 farms and 30,000 businesses.

It will be a $100 million injection into the economy to help struggling families, farmers and businesses cope with the highest electricity prices in the world.  It will still allow the $200 million jobs package to go ahead to help reduce the highest unemployment in the nation.

Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Call to Cancel Commuter Chaos

The Independent Member for Morphett, Duncan McFetridge, is calling on the Department of Transport to stop the peak hour bus lane trial on Anzac Highway due to increased traffic gridlock.

“The State Government started a six month trial of set back bus lanes between South Road and Greenhill Road as an attempt to move traffic more quickly in the morning peak hour.  Unfortunately the trial has produced more chaos than calmness”, said Dr McFetridge.

“I have been getting a lot of complaints since the trial started about the increased traffic gridlock and driver frustration".

pen signingThousands of people have signed electronic petitions generated on the internet and social media, expressing their democratic voice, not realising that their signatures are not formally recognised by Australia’s Parliamentary system.

Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, Member for Morphett, today announced he is driving a campaign to have the parliamentary system changed to allow electronic petitions to be accepted by the South Australian Parliament.

State Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, has called on the State and Federal Governments to locate one of the decommissioned naval vessels, either HMAS Tobruk or Sydney, offshore in Holdfast Bay as a dive wreck.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:01

A Summer of Hot Dogs

Member for Morphett and veterinarian of over 20 years Dr Duncan McFetridge urges dog owners to take proper care of their pets with temperatures expected to exceed forty degrees for the remainder of the week.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Shark Fear Factor Ruining Our Local Tourism

With three shark sightings this week along local beaches, local Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, is renewing his call for enclosed swimming enclosures.

“This week alone, there have been three shark sightings at Somerton Park, Glenelg and West Beach,” said Dr McFetridge.

Ratepayers will no doubt be the ones to pay for the savage increases in the Emergency Service Levy (ESL) which has been sent to Councils by Revenue SA, Member for Morphett Dr Duncan McFetridge said.

“The decision of the State Government to increase ESL costs is having far reaching impacts on South Australian households, businesses, community and volunteer groups,” he said.

“Not only are South Australians being hit directly through significant ESL increases on their homes and motor vehicles but through ESL costs indirectly passed on through school fees, sporting club subscriptions and council rates.”

The City of Holdfast Bay levy this year has been billed at $90,813.45, an increase of $48,518.70 from last year’s levy of $42,294.75, Dr McFetridge said.

Friday, 14 November 2014 16:39

Holdfast Bay pays ESL with 115% increase

Ratepayers will no doubt be the ones to pay for the savage 115 per cent increase in ESL which has been sent to the City of Holdfast Bay by Revenue SA, Member for Morphett Dr Duncan McFetridge said.

“The levy this year has been billed at $90,813.45, an increase of $48,518.70 from last year’s levy of $42,294.75,” Dr McFetridge said.

“This is a double blow for household budgets, as families have to pay their own ESLs as well as bear the bill cost to their local council.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:37

Unmet need continues to grow under Labor

Just half of South Australians in need of supported accommodation were receiving the attention they require, according to a report released by the Office of the Public Advocate.

“Only 45 to 50 per cent of the population in need of attention were taken care of, while the rest were being neglected,” said Shadow Minister for Social Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge.

Monday, 23 September 2013 12:53

Holdfast Bay Recycling

The “Holdfast Bay Public Recycling Pilot” project has been granted over $6,800 through the “Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant” to locate recycling bins in the community.

The project involves the installation of public recycling bins at two sites within the Holdfast Bay Council area.

Three recycling bins will be installed; one at Moseley Square, Glenelg, and two along Jetty Road, Brighton.

Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett, has been fighting on behalf of residents and motorists for more than ten years to have a grade separation at Oaklands Crossing.

Daily congestion has worsened due to increased traffic from the State Aquatic Centre, the neighbouring GP Plus Clinic and stalling tactics by Labor to build an overpass at this nightmare intersection.

One of Adelaide’s well-known international tourist events is now the latest casualty of the State Government’s cuts to police resources.

“Police have notified participants that this year they do not have the resources to control one-way traffic on the traditional Bay to Birdwood route between Tea Tree Gully and Birdwood,” Shadow Police and Road Safety Minister Duncan McFetridge said.

Friday, 09 March 2012 09:32

Be alarmed not just alert

Shadow Minister for Opposition Emergency Services, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, said that the new Alert SA website is just more window dressing to disguise the real gaps in emergency services warnings in South Australia.

“While the website pulls some already available information into the one place, the benefit stops there, even the instructional video cuts out at a crucial stage,” said Dr McFetridge.

“None of our current systems provide push notifications to residents to warn them of incidents and impending danger. Instead they send a standard message to a billing address.

Increased shark sightings across Australia have renewed calls from Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett, for a swimming enclosure at Glenelg Beach to protect swimmers.

Dr McFetridge has been calling for a protected area for a number of years - where families can swim, free from the fear of sharks off the shore at Glenelg.

Community sport and recreation clubs in South Australia will be winners out of the Adelaide Oval deal.

The Stadium Management Authority (SMA) will have to pay rent for Adelaide Oval under Liberal amendments passed in the Legislative Council last night (28 July 2011).

Shadow Health Minister and veterinarian Duncan McFetridge is calling on the State Government to test flying foxes for Hendra virus.
“There is a small flying fox population in South Australia and I would be surprised if they were not carrying the Hendra virus,” Dr McFetridge said.

Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:10

Dogs can die from Easter chocolate

Treating your dog to an Easter chocolate could lead to its death, warned the State Liberal’s friendly veterinarian Dr Duncan McFetridge.

Dr McFetridge, a vet for more than 20 years, said chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which can be toxic to dogs and cats.

“Chemicals found in chocolate can easily build up in a dog’s system potentially leading to a heart attack,” Dr McFetridge said.

Friday, 11 March 2011 14:49

False alarms risk lives, cost thousands

Faulty fire alarms are placing patients in South Australia’s metropolitan hospitals at serious risk with 245 false call outs in the last nine months.

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) statistics reveal that hospital fire alarms have been activated for reasons other than fire, raising serious concerns about their effectiveness.

The MFS has collected $89,000 in fees for the false calls out, although this did not even cover the costs of their services.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 09:09


Member for Morphett and veterinarian of over 20 years Dr Duncan McFetridge urges dog owners to take proper care of their pets with temperatures expected to soar into the high thirties this week.

“We have all heard horrific stories about dogs dying in cars on moderately sunny days and all dog owners should remember their pets need fresh air to cool themselves down,” Dr McFetridge said.

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