McCurdy stops by Alpine Shire
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.