Atkins to run for Ovens Val­ley

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

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.

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