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Euroa seat preselection candidate

A former Nationals Senate candidate will seek preselection for the seat of Euroa.

JARROD WHITTAKER January 11, 2014 3:01am

Martin Corboy, 34, yesterday said he was seeking preselection to boost opportunities for people in regional areas.

He said increasing the number of jobs was a top priority.

‘‘With that, there needs to be bigger growth in our regions,’’ Mr Corboy said.

‘‘I’m a big believer in decentralisation and getting people in our urban areas to move to the regions.’’

Mr Corboy had the difficult-to-win fourth position on the Federal Coalition Senate ticket at last year’s federal election.

He said he had learnt a lot about connecting with the community from the experience, despite failing to gain election.

‘‘That was one big lesson and to be able to take their concerns to our federal parliamentary colleagues,’’ Mr Corboy said.

‘‘They have taken up those issues at the federal level and they are getting results.’’

The Nationals are seeking a candidate for the seat after State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes announced this week he would not contest the state election.

The seat was created following last year’s electoral boundary redistribution and takes in much of the former Benalla seat — which meant Dr Sykes would have been considered the sitting member.

The Wangaratta-based Mr Corboy works as a production manager for his family’s stock business.

The family farm is located at Taminick, inside the Euroa electorate.

He is married with five children.

Nominations for Nationals preselection open on Friday, January 17 and close two weeks later.

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