I have been married to Johanna for over thirty three years. We have two fabulous adult children, Lachlan and Sahra. Lachlan is married to Sonny. Johanna was a Dental Therapist and now helps me around the electorate, Lachlan is an Electronic Engineer, Sonny is a Mechanical Engineer, Sahra has recently graduated as a veterinarian and Johanna is doing a Diploma in Arts. Johanna and I now have a wonderful granddaughter Lily and grandson Harry.
I grew up in Elizabeth and Salisbury; my dad was a Fireman and mum was a Primary School Teacher. I completed fifth year at Salisbury High and went to Teachers College. I taught High School for four years, teaching woodwork and metalwork at Port Augusta High and Minlaton High. In 1979 my family and I moved to Perth where I studied Veterinary Science. I graduated in 1982 and worked in a racehorse practice and then for an airline flying horses and other livestock around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Unfortunately the airline collapsed and so with no job and a young family Johanna & I moved back home to S.A., where we again started from scratch. We borrowed from the bank (remember the hard Labor days of 23% on the overdraft and 17% on the house mortgage) we lived in a large tin shed for about eighteen months and with a lot of hard work we built up a very successful Veterinary Practice in the Chandlers Hill/Happy Valley area. I was on the local High School Council and was also Captain of the Happy Valley Country Fire Service when we lived at Happy Valley. Nine years ago we moved to Brighton and eight years ago we moved to the Bay. Today we enjoy what we consider to be one of the best lifestyles in the world here in Morphett.
Having raised a family, run a business and worked long, long hours I know I have the right background to contribute in a meaningful way to help the people of Morphett. My particular interests are in the areas of transport, social development, primary industry and sustainable development for industry. I have taught in schools and run a medical (Veterinary) practice so I realise the demands in these areas and the huge financial inputs required to keep health and education in pace with community needs. I am aware of the real fear in some sections of our community and of the need to maintain strong law and order policy.
I remember what it was like to struggle to pay the bills, not to be wasteful and to live within your means. I want to continue to make South Australia an even better place to live and work, for all South Australians.
Dr Duncan McFetridge
BSc(Vet), BVMS, BSc(Ag), DipT(sec.) MP JP
Current Community Activities
Parliamentary Activities and Committees:
- Shadow Minister for Communities & Social Inclusion
Shadow Minister for Volunteers
Shadow Minister for Disabilities
Shadow Minister for Social Housing
Shadow Minister for Youth
Shadow Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Shadow Minister for Suiicide Prevention
Patron/Vice Patron of:
- Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club
- Surf Life Saving South Australia Inc
- Holdfast Tennis Club
- Somerton Surf Life Saving Club
- Glenelg Baseball Club
- Metropolitan Show Jumping Club (SA)
- Glenelg Contract Bridge Club
- Glenelg Lacrosse Club
- Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division)
- Somerton Park Rotary Club
- Glenelg Football Club
- Australian Veterinary Association
- Royal Association of Justices
- Holdfast & Districts Justices Group
- Glenelg Historical Society
- Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia (SA Branch) (Honorary Member)
- Victim Support Service Inc
Participating in the 2009 Home Show - "What's Cooking in Parliament" cook-off.
I cooked Meadows Pepper Yabbies (based on Singapore Pepper Crab) - here is my recipe