Michael Pengilly MP

Member for Finniss

Michael Pengilly MP, Memeber for Finniss

About the Finniss Electroate

The Finniss Electorate is named after Boyle Travers Finniss (1807-1893), who immigrated to South Australia in 1836 as one of Colonel Light's surveyors. He occupied the positions of Deputy Surveyor-General, Police Commissioner, Legislative Councilor, Colonial Secretary and in 1856 was chosen as the first Premier and Chief Secretary of the Province. He surveyed the southern Fleurieu Peninsula and many other areas. The Finniss Electorate was created at the 1991 electoral redistribution, when it replaced Alexandra. It was contested for the first time at the 1993 election and covers approximately 5876.6 km2.

The Finniss Electorate is one of the most beautiful and diverse locations in the State of South Australia and offers a variety of attractions. 

It is located a short drive from Adelaide with Victor Harbor, Yankalilla, Normanville, Port Elliot, Middleton, Sellicks Beach and Kangaroo Island framing the picturesque electorate. Tourism plays a major role in the electorate’s economy with many people drawn to the area and discovering pristine sandy white beaches edging the rugged coastline while inland, the native bush and vine yards cover the rural landscape. 

Agriculture plays an important role in the livelihood of the area, including a wide range of well recognized dairy produce, wine, olives, fishing, farming, beef, lamb and wool production.

Many of these businesses supply to the food and retail industries. Restaurants and cafes scatter the seaside and rural communities offering a large choice of local tasty products.

The Electorate of Finniss is one of the most beautiful and diverse locations in the State of South Australia. Only a short drive from Adelaide, it encompasses the Fleurieu Peninsula where the towns of Sellicks Beach, Myponga, Cape Jervis, Normanville, Yankalilla, Mount Compass, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton are situated. The Electorate also includes the towns of Penneshaw, American River, Parndana and Kingscote which are located on Kangaroo Island. Every year thousands of visitors enjoy both regions; with Kangaroo Island being recognised as one of the true eco-destinations for international visitors, drawn to experience its wildlife and scenery. Both the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island are also recognised wine regions in their own right. Niche industries including fishing, cheese, flowers, honey, lavender and eucalypt production. Agriculture and Primary production have been a cornerstone of the economy in the Finniss Electorate for 175 years and will continue to be a vital part of the region long into the future. 

I encourage you to visit the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island to experience its beauty for yourself.

Click here to download a PDF map of the Finniss Electorate. (PDF 1.6MB)

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