Michael Bourke named as Australian Country Alliance's Shepparton candidate for this year’s state election.JARROD WHITTAKER June 4, 2014 3:04am
Former federal election candidate and Bundalong businessman Michael Bourke has been announced as the Australian Country Alliance’s Shepparton candidate for this year’s state election.
Mr Bourke said he had decided to run after the party approached him and because he wanted to improve the situation of country Victorians.
He is one of several lower house candidates the party is set to unveil today.
Mr Bourke said he welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to support SPC Ardmona, but work needed to be done in the areas of roads, health and infrastructure.
‘‘I still don’t believe the country’s getting its fair share,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of those government bodies, they should be in the area where they’re acting.
‘‘There’s been a lot of them that have gone out of the country back into the city.
‘‘If they’re making laws and rules for the county people they should be in the country.’’
The party was formed earlier this year, after an amalgamation between Country Alliance and members of the Victorian branch of Katter’s Australian Party.
Despite living in the neighbouring electorate of Ovens Valley, Mr Bourke said he had a strong connection with Shepparton.
He said he trained plumbers at Shepparton’s Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and did most of his work in the Goulburn Valley.
Mr Bourke contested the seat of Murray at last year’s federal election on behalf of the Katter party.
He hopes to build on the success of Shepparton Country Alliance candidate Dennis Patterson at the 2010 state election.
Mr Patterson polled 20.5 per cent of the primary vote, finishing second ahead of Labor’s Anthony Fullarton.
He finished with 39.8 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.
A fire has destroyed a home in Kialla West.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
Tatura Fire Brigade volunteers are gearing up for a busy summer period this year.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
OUR Lady of the Sacred Heart Elmore was a sea of colour earlier this month for Footy Colours Day.
THE Salvation Army in Kyabram is this weekend celebrating 125 years of service in the district.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
When Pyalong Primary School does something, it does it well. Here are the students all dressed up for the school's recent Roald Dahl day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth on September 13, 1916.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
Skipper claims second B&F in thrilling count
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.