Minster Speirs entered the South Australian Parliament in 2014. In 2016 he became Shadow Cabinet Secretary and then later that year was appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment. Re-elected in 2018 to the newly formed seat of Black, he was also then appointed the Minister for Environment and Water.
Minister Speirs has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide and has previously been a Councillor and Deputy Mayor at the City of Marion Council. He has worked in senior and principal policy development positions within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and worked at the Office for Youth and the Education Department while at university. He was a National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia between 2010 and 2014 and was named Young Community Leader of the Year in the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards in 2012.
In his personal life Minister Speirs is an active lifesaver at the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and have a strong interest in health, fitness and outdoor activities of all kinds, particularly those involving the beach! He is also a keen environmentalist and founding member of Friends of the Lower Field River, a land care group established by Hallett Cove residents in 2006 to protect and care for the lower portion of the Field River and its environs.
So far, Minister Speirs proudest achievements as a Member of Parliament have been the launch of the Beach for All access mat at Seacliff and the development of a vision for Glenthorne National Park in Adelaide’s south.