Local Victorian Member is a step closer to a Cabinet post after being promoted to parliamentary secretary.TONI BRIENT March 21, 2014 4:50am
State Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy is moving closer to the front bench after being named parliamentary secretary for tourism and trade.
Mr McCurdy, who is just a few months away from completing his first term in state parliament, was given the role last Thursday during a Cabinet reshuffle.
The Cobram resident was elected to parliament in 2010 after serving on Moira Shire Council since 2008.
He said his appointment to the portfolios would benefit the region, including Cobram.
‘‘We know tourism is big all throughout the region,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘But if we look further over the electorate to King Valley, Rutherglen — the winery region — it’s about getting a handle on the broader picture of tourism.
‘‘So (as parliamentary secretary) I will be taking the opportunity where I can to leverage funds for our region.’’
Mr McCurdy rejected suggestions Premier Denis Napthine’s new Cabinet was made up of ministers in ‘‘secure’’ seats going into the November election.
In the reshuffle, retiring ministers Jeanette Powell, Hugh Delahunty, Peter Hall and Nicholas Kotsiras were moved to the backbench.
‘‘(Dr Napthine) wants to take a team to the election to demonstrate to people that this is the team they’ll be electing,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘These are the people who are going to be in government.
‘‘(Former Premier) Jeff Kennett didn’t do that, and we saw that didn’t go all that well for Jeff in 1999.
‘‘(Dr Napthine) wants people in Victoria to know who the Cabinet is. I think it’s a very good move; a proactive move.’’
Trade and Tourism Minister Louise Asher on Friday said she was ‘‘delighted’’ to be working with Mr McCurdy.
‘‘Tim has a keen interest in these areas and knows very well how important they are to his electorate of Murray Valley and indeed to all of Victoria,’’ Ms Asher said.
‘‘As a very committed local member, Tim knows that tourism is a valuable contributor to our regional economies.’’
Ms Asher said she thought Mr McCurdy would also make a ‘‘valuable contribution’’ to the trade portfolio.
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