Welcome to David Basham, South Australia’s new Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.
David Basham, a dairy farmer from Mount Compass, is the Liberal member for the electorate of Finniss. He has been farming in the area for almost 30 years and his family originally settled in the region in the 1840s. He lives in the electorate with his wife Kate and daughters Evie, Annabelle and Adelaide.
David has played a prominent role in the national and South Australian dairy industries. For more than a decade he was the President of the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association (SADA), and more recently he was President of the peak national body, Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd (ADF).
David oversaw the development of the SADA Fresh milk brand, now a popular brand on supermarket shelves in South Australia, sales of which support projects assisting the state’s dairy farmers worth more than $500,000 per year.
David also led the national industry through some tough times, advising governments on dairy industry matters as well as broader issues such as regional policy and water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.
David has been actively involved in his local community, serving in recent years on the Fleurieu Regional Development Board and also on the board of Investigator College where he oversaw a $7 million investment in a new senior student complex.
We look forward to working closely with Minister Basham to protect the South Australian grape and wine industries from the impact of a pest incursion.