‘Plenty of work to do’

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

The Vic­to­rian La­bor party has an­nounced Fionna Dep­pel­erMor­ton as its can­di­date for the seat of Euroa.

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton has been pre­s­e­lected for the seat, which en­com­passes an 11 635 sq km area from Be­nalla in the east, to Heath­cote in the west.

She will now go head-to-head against in­cum­bent Na­tion­als can­di­date Steph Ryan at the Vic­to­rian State Elec­tion to be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24.

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton, her part­ner Drew and five chil­dren live in Broad­ford in the south of the elec­torate of Euroa.

She has worked in mar­ket­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, agri­cul­ture, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, and the equine in­dus­try for more than two decades.

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said she de­cided to run for the seat of Euroa as it was an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘For me its about ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cess to ser­vices, health ser­vices, hos­pi­tal in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice pro­vi­sion,’’ Ms Dep­pel­erMor­ton said.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously trans­port will be an is­sue and jobs. They’ve been a big con­ver­sa­tion point in Be­nalla. So I’ll be look­ing at ways to at­tract in­vest­ment into re­gional towns.

‘‘I’ve got older kids and have ex­pe­ri­enced the path­ways in try­ing to get them through school­ing and train­ing choices.

‘‘I’ve also got younger kids, so for me its my op­por­tu­nity to speak up and make a dif­fer­ence on ed­u­ca­tion at all lev­els.

‘‘I am proud to be rep­re­sent­ing my com­mu­nity as the La­bor can­di­date for Euroa.

‘‘Vic­to­rian La­bor has con­sis­tently cham­pi­oned our com­muni- ty’s needs in jobs, health, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture and I want to con­tinue that work to make the elec­torate of Euroa an even bet­ter place to live and work.

‘‘Through my work I know first hand the chal­lenges fac­ing coun­try kids, fam­i­lies, older Aus­tralians, peo­ple work­ing in chang­ing in­dus­tries and our farm­ers.

‘‘I know that in Euroa, La­bor will keep work­ing to pro­vide bet­ter child­care, schools for our kids, more jobs for our grow­ing com­mu­nity, bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ser­vices to keep peo­ple in the work­force, and im­proved ac­cess to health ser­vices.’’

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said La­bor, through the Up­per House Mem­bers for North­ern Vic­to­ria, Ja­clyn Symes and Mark Gepp, was de­liv­er­ing for the elec­torate and be­lieved if elected, she could fur­ther de­liver for Euroa fam­i­lies.

‘‘I’m proud of La­bor’s in­vest­ment in Euroa, but there is plenty of work to do,’’ Ms Dep­pel­erMor­ton said.

‘‘I want to help en­sure that an An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to in­vest in our hos­pi­tals and schools, as La­bor has done in Kil­more, Broad­ford, Sey­mour, Euroa and Be­nalla. In TAFE, sport­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and cre­at­ing new job op­por­tu­ni­ties, like the Be­nalla Pre­cast Con­crete fa­cil­ity.

‘‘We have a grow­ing and chang­ing com­mu­nity in the Euroa elec­torate, and we need to cater for that growth in our towns while at the same time help­ing and grow­ing our world-class farm­ing, tourism, and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

‘‘I be­lieve the Euroa elec­torate needs a strong voice in par­lia­ment and I want to be that voice for the peo­ple of Euroa with my La­bor col­leagues Ja­clyn Symes and Mark Gepp.

‘‘The Na­tional Party have taken the peo­ple of Euroa for granted for too long, as they see the seat as safe.

‘‘Euroa fam­i­lies need a voice in gov­ern­ment ev­ery day, not just at elec­tion time, and I will be a strong voice fight­ing ev­ery day for our com­mu­nity.’’

If Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton is to be suc­cess­ful she will have a moun­tain to climb.

At the last elec­tion the Lib­eral and Na­tion­als can­di­dates took more than two-thirds of the vote.

With the Lib­er­als not run­ning a can­di­date this term it is likely most of those votes will stay with the Coali­tion.

‘‘I think at the last elec­tion La­bor didn’t have a record here, but un­der the guid­ance of Ja­clyn Symes I think we’ve built a great track record in the area. We’ve got some runs on the board in terms of in­vest­ing in this area,’’ she said.

‘‘Espe­cially in Be­nalla re­gard­ing the jobs associated with the West Gate Tun­nel project.

‘‘We’ve now an­nounced a bunch of projects that will lead on from that, such as the pro­posed sub­ur­ban rail look in Mel­bourne.’’

Keen: La­bor can­di­date for the seat of Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton.

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