“Don’t just dream it – do it.” This is the philosophy of local man Michael Bourke; one that he instilled in his three children, two boys and a girl, when they were growing up.By Fiona Blick
Michael told the Yarrawonga Chronicle these words came back to him via those same children earlier this year when he was bemoaning the state of the country.
“They told me I should just go and do something about it, so I did,” he said.
“I began researching the different parties and signed up to Katter’s Australian Party.
“And now I am standing as a candidate for the September 7 federal election.”
Michael was born on a property on the Boosey Creek near Tungamah.
He went to the Tungamah Primary School and then onto the Yarrawonga High School.
Michael gained an apprenticeship as a plumber and gas fitter and studied in Benalla and has owned his own trade business for many years.
He is now the partner/manager at the Bundalong Holiday Resort.
No stranger to the world of politics, Michael was a councillor with the Tungamah Shire Council and said he “was lucky enough to serve a term as president of the shire”.
“I really could have sat by the river with a stubby in my hand but I decided I had had enough and my wife and children issued me with the challenge to change it,” Michael said.
“I chose Katter’s Australian Party because of their principles and values.
“Plus the Party isn’t going away, we are providing another genuine option for people to vote for.
“The two big parties really don’t care about the little people.
“I am not being critical of our local members at all, I am sure they are trying their best but the big parties are letting them down.”
Michael agreed that Bob Katter, leader of the Australian Party, could be construed as controversial.
“Bob has strong views on rural people, farmers; he has genuine concerns for the rural communities, anyone in strife really,” Michael said.
“All of what he says is just common sense.
“He wants to keep the water flowing for irrigators, get Australian food back on Australian shelves, and encourages people to buy Australian made goods and services.”
Michael said his main aim was to get the government’s attention back onto the Murray electorate.
“I would certainly like to shake the tree,” he said.
“If I can get it so the government looks here and starts to help people here that desperately need help, then I would consider I have done my job.”
Michael encouraged voters who were still undecided to look carefully at the options available to them.
“If you aren’t happy with the state of the country and are wanting a change then use your pen and just do it,” he said.
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