The Victorian Nationals last week gathered in Mildura to prepare for a year of community advocacy off the back of a successful Victorian election.
Newly elected Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland said there were many local issues which do not stop at electorate boundaries.
“How to effectively advocate for better investment in regional roads, addressing regional health challenges and reducing cost of living pressures were some of the many issues we discussed as a team,” Ms Cleeland said.
“There is no time to waste with investment in regional infrastructure crucial for the liveability of country Victoria.”
With five new members added to the Nationals’ party room, the gathering aimed to arm new members with an advocacy strategy that would be effective across the state.
“Regional Victorians are frustrated by the lack of investment received under the current government,” she said.
“Our priorities remain clear. Our regions need increased health access to local services, road investment and support dealing with the increased cost of living.
“Right across our region, like several areas in country Victoria, we are still dealing with the aftermath of floods and the recovery is ongoing.
“This will continue to be a focus, ensuring our beautiful country towns can get back on their feet and look to the future with optimism.”
Ms Cleeland outlined several crucial local projects and the benefits of working within a strong Nationals team.
“My focus will be on pressuring the government to invest in crucial local infrastructure like the Kilmore Bypass and supporting school upgrades in Seymour and Broadford,” Ms Cleeland said.
“We also need to support local services by securing the future of Euroa Health, providing more local childcare and backing great local organisations like Tomorrow Today.
“The Nationals party room has the state’s most fierce regional advocates, and I can’t wait to work and learn alongside them for the next four years.
“Our team has an incredible range of life and political experience and will be a formidable team, fighting for regional Victoria’s fair share of funding.”