Doyle an­nounced as La­bor can­di­date for Ovens Val­ley

Alpine Observer - - News -

A PRI­MARY school teacher in Mel­bourne, who was born and raised at Bur­ramine, near Yar­ra­wonga, is the La­bor Party can­di­date for the seat of Ovens Val­ley in this month’s state elec­tion.

Kate Doyle (pic­tured right) an­nounced her can­di­dacy, say­ing she wanted to of­fer the elec­torate a gen­uine choice at the polls.

She said she was aware there were some who would ques­tion her can­di­dacy, an­nounced less than a month out from the elec­tion, but she in­sisted she is “tak­ing this se­ri­ously”.

And de­spite La­bor only se­cur­ing 22 per cent of the pri­mary vote in the seat at the 2014 elec­tion, Ms Doyle does be­lieve she has a chance to win.

“Things change...look at Went­worth,” she said.

“This elec­tion has quite a few un­knowns...the seat has an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date...I think I have a le­git­i­mate chance if the Na­tion­als’ vote splits.

“I think the La­bor Party has de­liv­ered strongly for Vic­to­ria, and the North East, dur­ing its cur­rent term and I think we would achieve alot more with a lo­cal com­mit­ted La­bor can­di­date.”

While she re­sides with her hus­band Paul and their two teenage daugh­ters in Mel­bourne, Ms Doyle said she would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to re­lo­cate and rep­re­sent the area - where she grew up, and where she still has very strong fam­ily con­nec­tions.

“I was born and raised in Bur­ramine, ed­u­cated at Bur­ramine South Pri­mary School, Yar­ra­wonga Sa­cred Heart Sec­ondary School and Galen Col­lege in Wan­garatta,” she said.

“My fam­ily is well known in the area, with the fifth gen­er­a­tion of Doyle’s now liv­ing in the orig­i­nal Bur­ramine farm house.

“My late fa­ther served on coun­cil (Yar­ra­wonga) for 20 years and is a for­mer mayor.”

While she is teach­ing at present, Ms Doyle has a back­ground in mar­ket­ing, ac­count­ing, ra­dio pro­duc­ing, dairy farm­ing, small busi­ness and ex­per­tise in pri­mary in­dus­try and agri-food mar­kets.

“I be­lieve we need a strong voice in par­lia­ment, some­one fo­cused on the is­sues that mat­ter most to coun­try peo­ple and I know I can be that per­son,” she said.

“The An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment have in­vested in the things that mat­ter to the res­i­dents of Ovens Val­ley in­clud­ing, jobs, health, ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and are re­build­ing sport­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties – I want to build on that work and make the elec­torate a bet­ter place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.”

Ms Doyle joins Na­tion­als in­cum­bent Tim McCurdy, Aus­tralian Coun­try Party can­di­date Dr Ju­lian Fidge and in­de­pen­dent Tammy Atkins as con­firmed starters to con­test the Ovens Val­ley seat. Prospec­tive can­di­dates have un­til this Fri­day to lodge their nom­i­na­tions.

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