Be­nam­abra seat O’Connor’s fo­cus

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By CAM POT­TER

FOR­MER mayor Cr O’Connor’s po­si­tion be­com­ing va­cant at 6am on Tues­day and her fo­cus shifted to her cam­paign as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date of Be­nam­bra.

With Bernard Gaffney tak­ing over as mayor for a fourth term, Cr O’Connor took a month’s leave to fo­cus on her cam­paign for the elec­torate of Be­nam­bra.

Cr O’Connor wished to thank the shire for their sup­port over the past two years.

“I would like to thank my fel­low coun­cil­lors and the res­i­dents of Indigo Shire over the past two years,” Cr O’Connor said.

“Dur­ing my time as Mayor we made Indigo Shire a bet­ter place to live and stood up for our res­i­dents.

“This in­cludes sup­port­ing com­mu­nity re­new­able en­ergy, saving jobs at the Kiewa dairy pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity, and stand­ing up for Stan­ley res­i­dents against wa­ter min­ing.

“I am now fo­cused on run­ning a strong cam­paign to win the seat of Be­nam­bra.”

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date O’Connor said she is look­ing for change.

“Peo­ple are look­ing for a change and for an in­de­pen­dent who has a proven track record and able to get the job done,” she said.

“No mat­ter where I go across the elec­torate, peo­ple come up to me with sup­port and say our re­gion needs a change.

“I am fo­cussed on build­ing a bet­ter Be­nam­bra.

“One where ev­ery­one has ac­cess to health and ed­u­ca­tion and where we take ad­van­tage of the new jobs com­ing through in re­new­able en­ergy; I can’t do that as Mayor and that is why I am run­ning for elec­tion this year.”

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