Ryan hum­bled by win

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From Page 1 ‘‘Ul­ti­mately I think most of the Na­tional MPs are com­mu­nity peo­ple who come from their com­mu­nity and fight for com­mu­nity is­sues,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘There is a re­ally good say­ing that all pol­i­tics is lo­cal and peo­ple want to know that the per­son rep­re­sent­ing them is fight­ing for the is­sues that mat­ter to them, whether it’s about the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion here in town or a bet­ter train ser­vice, they’re the things that ac­tu­ally mat­ter to peo­ple.

‘‘So I think that is prob­a­bly the rea­son the Na­tional’s vote held up through­out most of our seats, be­cause we cham­pion those com-

●mu­nity voices.’’ With the make-up of the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment chang­ing to an even big­ger La­bor ma­jor­ity Ms Ryan is aware her task of de­liv­er­ing for Euroa would be big­ger than ever.

‘‘I think it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be tough go­ing back into Par­lia­ment with a much smaller num­ber of seats on the op­po­si­tion side,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘I think we’re go­ing to have to run, as a com­mu­nity, some re­ally strong cam­paigns to make sure that we be­come a thorn in the side for La­bor.

‘‘The thing that has al­ways con­cerned me is that they’re spend­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in Mel- bourne, but not all of that is reach­ing be­yond the city bor­ders.

‘‘If we want to do things like get the train ser­vice fixed I think we’re go­ing to need to start run­ning some re­ally strong com­mu­nity backed cam­paigns.

‘‘That’s what I’ll be fo­cussing on next year, to make sure that our voices are clearly heard.

‘‘And that the govern­ment un­der­stands that this is not about pol­i­tics.

‘‘This is about the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties and what our com­mu­ni­ties want.

‘‘I need to make the ar­gu­ment for why those things should be funded.’’

Back in busi­ness: Steph Ryan was re-elected to the Vic­to­rian Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly seat of Euroa with a mas­sive 66.1 per cent of of the vote.

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