National Party's Stephanie Ryan has been endorsed by the party at a preselection, to run for the Euroa electorate.JARROD WHITTAKER February 20, 2014 9:58am
Strong endorsement: Newly-selected National Party candidate for Euroa Stephanie Ryan with Deputy Premier of Victoria and leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan.
Newly-minted National Party candidate for Euroa Stephanie Ryan has hit the ground running, visiting fire-affected areas near Kilmore on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was endorsed by the party at a preselection held in Euroa on Saturday.
Ms Ryan said part of her job would be reconnecting with outer-suburban communities in the newly-created electorate.
‘‘We’re now asking for people to vote for us who haven’t voted for us in a long time, ’’ she said.
‘‘We have a message to get across that the Nationals don’t just stand for our traditional agricultural base, even though they’re at our heart.
‘‘We stand for all of regional Victoria.’’
The seat of Euroa was created during last year’s boundary redistribution to replace the seat of Benalla.
It covers Euroa, Violet Town and Benalla in its north-east.
To its west it takes in Stanhope, Rushworth and Heathcote.
The south end of the electorate includes Seymour, Broadford, Kilmore and Wandong.
The Nationals nationally hold the seat by 13.6 per cent, according to ABC election analyst Antony Green.
Ms Ryan said it was important the Nationals were ‘‘out and are seen in the southern end of the electorate’’.
‘‘I’m committed to being on the ground and winning those towns that voted Labor and Liberal at the last election, ’’ she said.
Ms Ryan was raised on a Murchison dairy farm and has previously worked in media in northern Victoria.
She now works as an adviser to Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh.
Ms Ryan has previously worked for former premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.
She said her ministerial experience left her well-placed to represent the electorate.
‘‘Half of government is knowing where to go and get things done for your community, ’’ she said.
‘‘I very much understand our traditional base, but I also believe I can appeal to those who live in the new electorate but who are working in Melbourne.’’
Ms Ryan overcame former Nationals Senate candidate Martin Corboy to secure preselection.
Nationals state president Peter Schwarz said Ms Ryan’s preselection showed the party accepted the need for generational change.
‘‘Stephanie joins the new generation of Nationals that are firmly committed to building a better future for our regional communities, ’’ Mr Schwarz said.
‘‘She is passionate and committed and the people in the new Euroa electorate can rely on her to work tirelessly on their behalf.’’
Greater Shepparton businesses have signed up to a new website that helps mothers find breastfeeding-friendly locations.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
Bendigo trainer Debbie Wills was elated on Monday when she scored her maiden career win at Echuca with seven-year-old gelding Favela Star.
Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson was in Rochester for last week’s pop-up session so residents could air their concerns.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Mitchell Shire Council thinks outside the square - and harnesses the power of youth.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Entries are now being taken for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show.
Politicians and environmental groups are split over the impacts of coal seam gas extraction, with a community info day planned.
A 15-goal win to CWS was one of the highlights of Deniliquin Netball Association's return round on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The swamp wallaby and eastern grey kangaroo will be set free once they're old enough to fend for themselves.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.