SA Best’s Kelly Gladigau denies Mannum Cricket Club conflict of interest

Promise: SA Best candidate for Hammond Kelly Gladigau visits Mannum Cricket Club. Photo: Kelly Gladigau/Facebook.
Promise: SA Best candidate for Hammond Kelly Gladigau visits Mannum Cricket Club. Photo: Kelly Gladigau/Facebook.

SA Best candidate Kelly Gladigau has denied any conflict of interest around a $50,000 funding promise to her husband's cricket club.

Ms Gladigau announced last week that Mannum Cricket Club would receive the money for new clubrooms if she were elected the next Member for Hammond.

Her husband Travis serves on the club's committee, according to its website.

Robert Smithson asked about the promise at an election forum organised by The Murray Valley Standard on Tuesday night.

"That is a sporting club that has never had any proper facilities to play cricket," she said.

"I have looked at all different clubs around the electorate and everyone else's seemed to be going on quite well.

"This was an issue that was brought to my attention by several people in the Mannum area."

Asked whether the promise was a conflict of interest, she said the funding decision was made by "the SA Best team ... they look at the feasibility and the probability of the need for it".

She said she would take a similar approach towards Murray Bridge Community Nursery – to which she has promised $100,000 for toilets, a lunch room and a classroom – and de-funded Aboriginal rehab facility Kalparrin.

Earlier in the forum, Ms Gladigau had painted herself as the "little bulldog" that would keep Liberal and Labor accountable if elected to Parliament.

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