Atkins to run for Ovens Valley
Former Wangaratta councillor, former member for Nationals and a founding member of Voices for Indi, Tammy Atkins announced last week she will be running in the 2018 state election as an Independent candidate for the seat of Ovens Valley.
Ms Atkins put fellow candidates on notice announcing herself as an independent as well as pointing out how the seat was missing out on major investments.
The seat of Ovens Valley is currently held by the Nationals’ MP Tim McCurdy. “I have a strong record of delivering for our community, whether it is in education, as part of the Local Drug Action Team tackling ice and problematic drug use, or building our local manufacturing industry,” Ms Atkins said. “I am running as an Independent for the seat of Ovens Valley because our region can do better.
“We are facing some pretty big chal- lenges and it’s clear we have missed out - we’ve watched on as Wodonga, Shepparton, other parts of Victoria, have won infrastructure and investment ahead of us. “My priority is creating new jobs across the region. From new jobs in manufacturing to new jobs in renewable energy.” If elected Ms Atkins core priorities will be:
To support manufacturing and ensuring good local jobs into the future.
Education so people can access the training they need for jobs right here in Ovens Valley.
Renewable energy that works for the region and ensuring locals benefit with cheaper power and local jobs.
Invest in tourism infrastructure to attract more visitors to this beautiful region.
Two others contesting the seat are sitting member Tim McCurdy and former Wangaratta councilor and Australian Country Party candidate Dr Julian Fidge.
Tammy Atkins will run as an independent candidate for the seat of Ovens Valley.