Elected as the Member for Heysen in March 2018, Josh is passionate about the region in which he lives and providing a voice for his local community. He has lived in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu region for most of his life and is a long time proud resident of Bridgewater where he and his wife Maria have raised their three children.
He is committed to fighting for better services for people in the hills; growing our regions in every way, including by the delivery of improved services, roads, health, schools, and communications, will drive stronger enterprise opportunities and stronger communities.
He is particularly passionate about the environment. He is proud to represent communities who share his passion for our natural environment, and he is keen to work to improve trust in Government as well as to work with local organisations and community groups. Josh chairs the Parliament’s Natural Resources Standing Committee and is co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare SA.
He has a keen interest in agriculture; he runs cows on the Fleurieu and with his family grows enough grapes to make a tiny amount of homemade wine each year.
Prior to his election, Josh worked as a Barrister. He has extensive advocacy experience over more than 20 years of professional practice, the bulk of which engaged in disputes and their commercial resolution.
Josh was Honorary Consul of Sweden for South Australia from 2009 to 2018. He lived in Sweden for three years, and after returning to SA has seen firsthand the great outcomes that can be achieved for our State when we build and capitalise on international relationships.
Josh’s other Parliamentary activities include contributing as a member of the Select Committee on the Fire and Emergency Services Bill, the Joint Committee on the Social Workers Registration Bill, and the Legislative Review Committee.
The seat of Heysen is named for Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968), a distinguished landscape artist who lived and worked in the Adelaide Hills.
Located in the outer metropolitan hills to the south and south-east of Adelaide, Heysen includes hills and fleurieu towns, and farming areas of Ashbourne, Aldgate, Bridgewater, Biggs Flat, Bradbury, Blewitt Springs, Bugle Ranges, Bletchley, Bulls Creek, Blackfellows Creek, Belvidere, Crafers, Chapel Hill, Clarendon, Dorset Vale, Dingabledinga, Echunga, Flaxley, Green Hills Range, Gemmels, Heathfield, Hope Forest, Highland Valley, Hartley, Ironbank, Jupiter Creek, Kyeema, Kuitpo Colony, Kangarilla, Kuitpo, Longwood, Meadows, Macclesfield, Montarra, Mount Magnificent, Mylor, McHarg Creek, Onkaparinga Hills, Paris Creek, Prospect Hill, Red Creek, Scott Creek, Sandergrove, Strathalbyn, Salem, Stirling, The Range, Upper Sturt, Willyaroo, Wistow, Woodchester, Willunga Hill and Yundi, in the South Mount Lofty Ranges.