Greens eye northern Victoria
VICTORIAN Greens candidate Nicole Rowan was in Kyabram recently as the Greens target northern Victoria in an attempt to deliver the party its first regional Victorian MP at this year’s state election.
Mrs Rowan, a Macedon Ranges-based lawyer, is the candidate for Northern Victoria, and is hoping to secure the fifth seat from the Shooters and Fishers Party or Labor.
“We actually only lost to that Shooters and Fishers Party by 183 votes,” she said.
“That was four years ago now, and two years ago when we had the federal election we actually doubled our voting in places like the Mallee where I grew up.
“On that basis we really hope to win that last seat.”
Mrs Rowan has been travelling around the state in recent weeks, gathering a deeper understanding of what the region needs.
“I don’t think being rusted on has helped country Victorians and I think people are starting to realise that,” she said.
“We need long-term strategies in relation to drought management and farm management ensuring that farmers are getting good advice.
“We are not seeing that community consultation occur, it’s just policy by thought bubble.
“We really have to look at our whole education system also, and really reform that.
“We need to ensure in country Victoria that schools don’t close; when the school closes it often means the beginning of the end for that particular town.”
Mrs Rowan said we need to capitalise on what makes country Victoria great.
‘‘There are opportunities to bring people into the region ... if we actually sat down and had a regional strategy we could rebuild some of the communities that are suffering in northern Victoria.’’
ON THE HUSTINGS — Greens candidate Nicole Rowan with potential federal candidate Nickee Freeman in Kyabram last week.