Ryan humbled by win
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.