Elec­tion start­ing to heat up

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JEFF ZEUScHNER

THE bat­tle for the state seat of Ovens Val­ley has be­gun in earnest, with early vot­ing cen­tres in Bright, Wan­garatta, and Yar­ra­wonga be­ing well pa­tro­n­ised since open­ing on Mon­day morn­ing.

Vot­ers are faced with a choice of six can­di­dates: Na­tion­als in­cum­bent Tim McCurdy, La­bor’s Kate Doyle, Aus­tralian Coun­try Party’s Ju­lian Fidge, Green’s Vicki Berry, and in­de­pen­dents Tammy Atkins and Ray Dyer.

Mr Dyer, who won just un­der three per cent of the pri­mary vote as an in­de­pen­dent in 2014, gained top billing on the bal­lot pa­per (see right) at Fri­day’s draw in Wan­garatta.

“Who knows, it may help my vote,” said the fa­ther of four and for­mer coun­cil worker from Ovens, who was joined by Mr McCurdy, Ms Atkins and Mr Fidge at the bal­lot draw.

All four can­di­dates had the night be­fore, en­gaged with around 60 mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing a can­di­dates’ fo­rum at the Wan­garatta CWA hall, or­gan­ised by the Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion Wan­garatta branch.

Ev­ery­thing from pri­vati­sa­tion of pub­lic as­sets, coun­cil rates, a ‘bro­ken jus­tice sys­tem’, cli­mate change poli­cies, feral an­i­mals, the Yar­ra­wonga bridge, catch­ment man­age­ment con­cerns, recog­ni­tion of the Bpangerang peo­ple, and can­di­dates’ cred­i­bil­ity, were quizzed by au­di­ence mem­bers.

Can­di­dates were busy on the hus­tings over the week­end, en­gag­ing with the pub­lic at Wan­garatta Farm­ers Mar­ket and Na­ture Day in Apex Park, Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices, as well as the Bright Hot Rod and Yar­ra­wonga Hot Rod events.

Na­tion­als party leader Peter Walsh joined Mr McCurdy in Wan­garatta on Satur­day morn­ing, at­tend­ing the Wan­garatta Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual tour­na­ment, in­volv­ing more than 1000 ath­letes.

Mr McCurdy and Mr Walsh re­con­firmed their elec­tion com­mit­ment of $5 mil­lion to com­plete Stage 4 of the Wan­garatta High School’s mas­ter­plan to build a new sta­dium, in­clud­ing dou­ble bas­ket­ball courts, for use by the school and the com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

SEEK­INg YOUR VOTE: can­di­dates (from left) Ray Dyer, Tammy Atkins, Tim Mccurdy and Ju­lian Fidge were at the bal­lot draw at the Wan­garatta early vot­ing cen­tre on Fri­day. Ab­sent were Kate Doyle and Vicki Berry.

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