McCurdy stops by Alpine Shire

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

By STRUAN JONES

LO­CAL mem­ber Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) dropped into Bright, Har­ri­etville, Myrtle­ford and Pore­punkah to chat with lo­cals, hand out shop­ping bags, and even have a quick hit of cro­quet last Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25.

Mr McCurdy has been tour­ing the elec­torate to meet with lo­cals to dis­cuss per­ti­nent is­sues in the lead up to the state elec­tion less than a month away on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24.

Al­ready an­nounced is the $400,000 up­grade to Howitt Park in Bright, which in­cludes build­ing weath­er­proof fa­cil­i­ties for mar­kets and other events year-round, con­di­tional on whether the Coali­tion wins govern­ment.

Mr McCurdy told the Observer a com­mon con­cern amongst peo­ple he had spo­ken to was pub­lic trans­port in the re­gion.

He added that Bright would be a ben­e­fi­ciary of the $19 bil­lion rail­way in­vest­ment prom­ise made ear­lier this month by the state Op­po­si­tion leader Matthew Guy.

“Ev­ery­one’s sick of the un­re­li­able trains, and the lack of con­nec­tiv­ity from Bright and Pore­punkah,” he said.

“Peo­ple want to use pub­lic trans­port if it’s re­li­able, but they’ve lost faith in pub­lic trans­port.”

Health­care ser­vices and deer are the other com­mon top­ics dis­cussed, ac­cord­ing to Mr McCurdy, with lo­cals re­port­edly want­ing ex­panded health­care ser­vices in Bright to avoid hav­ing to travel to Wan­garatta for com­mon pro­ce­dures.

In re­gards to deer, Mr McCurdy said he would sup­port a trial of us­ing deer meat for pet food, as has been tri­alled with kan­ga­roos.

Af­ter a quick hit of cro­quet at the Bright court, Mr McCurdy vis­ited Har­ri­etville then Pore­punkah.

Mr McCurdy said that there are a num­ber of towns at­trac­tive to tourists in the Ovens elec­torate, but “Bright seems to do it bet­ter than any­one else.”

“I think they’re very or­gan­ised with their Cham­ber of Com­merce and hote­liers, and they fill the gaps very well, it’s not just the Au­tumn Fes­ti­val and win­ter,” he said.

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