Broadford’s Fionna Deppeler-Morton has been preselected as Labor’s candidate for Euroa, and will run against sitting member, The Nationals’ Steph Ryan, at the state election on November 24.
Despite needing a huge swing to defeat Ms Ryan — The Nationals won the seat with a margin of 13.6 per cent in 2014 — Ms Deppeler-Morton said she felt it was a good time for Labor to challenge.
‘‘I think that (Member for Northern Victoria) Jaclyn (Symes) has done her best to deliver for the region, and we are keen to expand on that,’’ Ms Deppeler-Morton said.
‘‘In terms of Seymour and surrounds, we’ve invested in and we will continue to support Seymour College, and we’ve also invested heavily in Seymour Health, and we want to expand the health care services in the area as well.’’
Ms Deppeler-Morton, along with her partner Drew and five children, has just about done it all in her time.
She has worked in marketing, manufacturing, agriculture, community development, and the equine industry for more than two decades.
‘‘Through my work I know first-hand the challenges facing country kids, families, older Australians, people working in changing industries and our farmers,’’ she said.
‘‘With young children at school myself, I know the pressures facing families in our community.
‘‘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.’’
The seat of Euroa covers 11635sqkm, and takes in a number of towns including Avenel, Broadford, Nagambie, Puckapunyal, Seymour and Tallarook.
‘‘Euroa is seen as a safe seat and it is just that, and we know it is going to be an uphill battle but I really think Labor can make an impact in the area,’’ she said.