Tammy Atkins joins round­table in Pore­punkah

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

IN­DE­PEN­DENT can­di­date for Ovens Val­ley Tammy Atkins met res­i­dents in Pore­punkah last Wednes­day evening for a round­table dis­cus­sion on sus­tain­abil­ity and a range of lo­cal con­cerns.

The in­for­mal meet­ing, held on the out­door ta­bles at the Pore­punkah Pub, was a chance for Ms Atkins to talk again about her po­si­tion in the lead up to the Satur­day 24 state elec­tion, where she seeks to chal­lenge in­cum­bent Tim McCurdy.

A num­ber of those in at­ten­dance were from the Up­per Ovens Val­ley Land­care Group, and dis­cussed a va­ri­ety of top­ics re­lat­ing to sus­tain­abil­ity such as gen­er­at­ing lo­cal en­ergy and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional waste dis­posal.

Ms Atkins, who lives in Mi­lawa on her hus­band’s dairy farm, has been in­volved in a range of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions spe­cial­is­ing in re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The dis­cus­sion took on the char­ac­ter of a brain­storm­ing ses­sion as res­i­dents dis­cussed ev­ery­thing from mi­cro grids to road cy­cling to shoot­ing deer.

Ms Atkins re­it­er­ated her be­lief that only by mak­ing the Ovens Val­ley seat mar­ginal would pol­icy be tai­lored to lo­cal elec­torates, and how in­de­pen­dent MPs are sub­se­quently held to a higher stan­dard by the elec­torate com­pared to party MPs.

“My pri­mary aim is to make our re­gion mat­ter, and we do that by be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent seat, and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to vote strate­gi­cally,” she said.

“I think a lo­cal MP’s role is a re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment role.”

Ms Atkins re­stated her call for the state govern­ment to cre­ate a min­istry for re­gional trans­port, given the per­cep­tion that dis­cus­sion around pub­lic trans­port in­vari­ably fo­cuses on Mel­bourne.

The meet­ing ended with a heart­felt di­a­logue about Mount Buf­falo, and the find­ings out­lined in a re­cent Price­wa­ter­house Coop­ers busi­ness case anal­y­sis on seven pro­posed tourism con­cepts.

In­vest­ment in a café and re­fur­bish­ment of the his­toric build­ing will re­quire in­vest­ment from a fu­ture state govern­ment.

With days to go be­fore elec­tion day, Ms Atkins said she was proud to be mount­ing a chal­lenge in the safe Coali­tion seat.

“I’m giv­ing this the big­gest, red­dest, hottest go ever,” she said.

DIS­CUS­SION: In­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Ovens Val­ley Tammy Atkins leads a round­table dis­cus­sion on sus­tain­abil­ity in Pore­punkah last Wednes­day, Novem­ber 14, as Kira Mack and Ken Fletcher look on.

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