‘Plenty of work to do’

By Simon Ruppert

The Victorian Labor party has announced Fionna Deppeler-Morton as its candidate for the seat of Euroa.

Ms Deppeler-Morton has been preselected for the seat, which encompasses an 11635sqkm area from Benalla in the east, to Heathcote in the west.

She will now go head-to-head against incumbent Nationals candidate Steph Ryan at the Victorian State Election to be held on Saturday, November 24.

Ms Deppeler-Morton, her partner Drew and five children live in Broadford in the south of the electorate of Euroa.

She has worked in marketing, manufacturing, agriculture, community development, and the equine industry for more than two decades.

Ms Deppeler-Morton said she decided to run for the seat of Euroa as it was an opportunity to make a difference.

‘‘For me its about education, access to services, health services, hospital infrastructure and service provision,’’ Ms Deppeler-Morton said.

‘‘Obviously transport will be an issue and jobs. They’ve been a big conversation point in Benalla. So I’ll be looking at ways to attract investment into regional towns.

‘‘I’ve got older kids and have experienced the pathways in trying to get them through schooling and training choices.

‘‘I’ve also got younger kids, so for me its my opportunity to speak up and make a difference on education at all levels.

‘‘I am proud to be representing my community as the Labor candidate for Euroa.

‘‘Victorian Labor has consistently championed our community’s needs in jobs, health, education and community infrastructure and I want to continue that work to make the electorate of Euroa an even better place to live and work.

‘‘Through my work I know first hand the challenges facing country kids, families, older Australians, people working in changing industries and our farmers.

‘‘I know that in Euroa, Labor will keep working to provide better childcare, schools for our kids, more jobs for our growing community, better education and training services to keep people in the workforce, and improved access to health services.’’

Ms Deppeler-Morton said Labor, through the Upper House Members for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes and Mark Gepp, was delivering for the electorate and believed if elected, she could further deliver for Euroa families.

‘‘I’m proud of Labor’s investment in Euroa, but there is plenty of work to do,’’ Ms Deppeler-Morton said.

‘‘I want to help ensure that an Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in our hospitals and schools, as Labor has done in Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour, Euroa and Benalla. In TAFE, sporting and community facilities and creating new job opportunities, like the Benalla Precast Concrete facility.

‘‘We have a growing and changing community in the Euroa electorate, and we need to cater for that growth in our towns while at the same time helping and growing our world-class farming, tourism, and manufacturing sectors.

‘‘I believe the Euroa electorate needs a strong voice in parliament and I want to be that voice for the people of Euroa with my Labor colleagues Jaclyn Symes and Mark Gepp.

‘‘The National Party have taken the people of Euroa for granted for too long, as they see the seat as safe.

‘‘Euroa families need a voice in government every day, not just at election time, and I will be a strong voice fighting every day for our community.’’

If Ms Deppeler-Morton is to be successful she will have a mountain to climb.

At the last election the Liberal and Nationals candidates took more than two-thirds of the vote.

With the Liberals not running a candidate this term it is likely most of those votes will stay with the Coalition.

‘‘I think at the last election Labor didn’t have a record here, but under the guidance of Jaclyn Symes I think we’ve built a great track record in the area. We’ve got some runs on the board in terms of investing in this area,’’ she said.

‘‘Especially in Benalla regarding the jobs associated with the West Gate Tunnel project.

‘‘We’ve now announced a bunch of projects that will lead on from that, such as the proposed suburban rail look in Melbourne.’’