The fate of the new state seat of Euroa lies with the Nationals partner in the Coalition Government.CHALPAT SONTI February 19, 2014 4:11am
New Nationals candidate for the state seat of Euroa Stephanie Ryan and member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum were among the interested onlookers at a briefing on the Mickleham-Kilmore fires at the Seymour incident control centre on Saturday.
She’s a new face for a new seat but Stephanie Ryan knows there is a battle ahead if she is to become our new representative in the Victorian Parliament.
The new Euroa electorate was created out of the carve-up of the old seats of Seymour and Benalla and a bit more to the west besides. While both Benalla (Nationals) and Seymour (Liberals) are Coalition-held, just who will line up for the contest later this year is unclear.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has announced his retirement, and Ms Ryan, 27, was given the nod over Marty Corboy at the pre-selection on Saturday to represent the Nationals in the new seat.
Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish is to contest the new seat of Eildon, and whether or not the Liberals choose to contest Euroa will be crucial to determining its outcome.
If both Coalition partners run, some in the Nationals reckon the party will need to win about 30 per cent in the first-preference count to hold off the Liberals.
At the last election, the Nationals polled four per cent first preferences in the Seymour electorate — which makes up just under half the new seat — so the task in the south is large.
Should the Liberals not run, the Nationals hold a double-figure edge on Labor in the two-party preferred stakes, with comfortable leads in the old Benalla, Rodney and Shepparton parts of the electorate.
Ms Ryan actually made Seymour her first stop on Saturday, leaving the preselection to attend a briefing at the CFA incident control centre on McIntyre St in relation to the Mickleham-Kilmore fires.
She was at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo on Sunday before travelling to Kilmore with Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum.
The former journalist and senior political adviser said in a statement she ‘‘knew how to get things done in government and deliver for the new electorate’’.
‘‘I will bring fresh ideas to the Parliament and I have the energy and passion to deliver for the entire community,’’ she said.
‘‘My campaign starts today and I look forward to meeting and talking with as many people as I can over the coming months.’’
Dr Sykes said: ‘‘This represents a generational change for the National Party and importantly a cultural change. Stephanie is a country girl who also has very good connections to the city. Marty Corboy was also an outstanding candidate.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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