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Allen to seek preselection for Euroa

Former MP for Benalla Denise Allen will seek preselection for the newly-created seat of Euroa, which will include Seymour.

JENNA BISHOP January 15, 2014 4:19am

Denise Allen headshots

Former Labor MP for Benalla Denise Allen has also decided to seek preselection for the seat of Euroa for the Labor Party.

Ms Allen has lived in Seymour for the past six years and served as the chair of Goulburn Options, as part of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission campaigning for disability and as part of a Police Community Consultative Committee.

Ms Allen said she had decided to run at the request of former colleagues.

‘‘I’ve had a lot of experience for the Labor branch in the old seat of Seymour and Benalla, and I said, ‘okay, I’ll do it’,’’ she said.

Ms Allen said she would also be campaigning against the slashing of funding for regional TAFEs.

‘‘They’re the lifeblood of regional and rural towns — kids who can’t go to university need TAFE to get training for employment,’’ she said.

Ms Allen said she was passionate about bringing more infrastructure to the region, because Seymour was perfectly situated between major centres to become an industry hub.

She said she was also concerned about the state of regional Victoria’s roads.

‘‘They’re building a multi-million dollar tunnel in the city that’s going to drastically reduce funding for rural and regional roads. Regional and rural roads always need money, it’s crazy,’’ she said.

Ms Allen said other issues close to her heart were slashed funding to Work Cover and rural mental health.

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