Walsh hears McCurdy’s lo­cal wish list

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

With the Vic­to­rian bud­get re­leased on May 1, Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy had the op­por­tu­nity to bring Op­po­si­tion deputy leader Peter Walsh with him to Co­bram to see some of the lo­cal projects Mr McCurdy holds dear.

‘‘It was re­ally just a case of giv­ing Peter Walsh an idea of what my pri­or­i­ties are in Co­bram and what I want to see im­ple­mented in the fu­ture if we win the elec­tion,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

First on the agenda was a visit to Apex Re­serve to meet with mem­bers of soc­cer club Co­bram Roar, which is in des­per­ate need of a place it can call home.

‘‘Co­bram Roar, who is lob­by­ing for a new pav­il­ion, is a club that has been in ex­is­tence for 60 years and do not have a club rooms and it is some­thing they re­ally need and de­serve,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

‘‘They’ve been pushed from pil­lar to post so they are re­ally keen to get some new fa­cil­i­ties.’’

The politi­cians then made the visit to the farm of Co­bram fruit grower Sam Sor­renti to dis­cuss ways fruit fly can be re­duced in the area.

‘‘It isn’t so much about help­ing them on the farm; it’s more about what we can do in town. We dis­cussed the po­ten­tial im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sit­plus pro­gram which would in­volve drop­ping ster­ile flies out of a plane,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

A po­ten­tial re­vamp of the Co­bram Foot­ball Club so­cial rooms and change rooms has been long sought by the club and the Scott Oval Com­mit­tee.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally com­mit­ted to this in the last elec­tion but the fact we didn’t get in made it a bit dif­fi­cult,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

He said one of the other ma­jor press­ing is­sues around town which was ig­nored by La­bor in its 2018-19 state bud­get was the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade Co­bram Sec­ondary Col­lege.

‘‘There is still some work to be done at the school. I was a bit dis­ap­pointed with that one. I have been work­ing on the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion to try and get some money spent there but that didn’t come either,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

Pest con­trol an is­sue: Tim McCurdy, Co­bram fruit grower Sam Sor­renti and Peter Walsh dis­cuss fruit fly.

Look­ing to brighten things up: Peter Walsh’s fi­nal visit of the day was to Scott Oval.

In need of a place to call home: (From left) Co­bram Roar pres­i­dent Michael Statari, Peter Walsh, Char­lie Gat­tuso and Tim McCurdy.

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