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Steph Ryan was born in Murchison where her parents ran a dairy farm on the banks of the Goulburn River.
After finishing high school at St Joseph's College in Echuca, Steph completed a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT before returning to Echuca to work as a journalist with The Riverine Herald.
During her time as a journalist, while Victoria was in the grip of the millennium drought, the then Labor government announced its plan to build the north–south pipeline to take water from drought-stricken communities in northern Victoria to Melbourne.
Seeing her family and community struggling with the difficulties of drought Steph was unable to understand how the government could break its promise never to take water over the Great Divide.
For Steph, the north-south pipeline was a critical turning point.
She began work with the member for Rodney Paul Weller before starting seven years working in a coalition team including roles as senior adviser to Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan, Deputy Leader Peter Walsh and Ted Bailleu during his time as Premier.
In 2013, the Electoral Boundary Commission made a decision to redistribute the electoral boundaries in Victoria and as a result, the seat of Euroa was created.
It was then that Steph made the decision to stand as The National Party candidate for Euroa.
Covering more than 11,600 square kilometres of central Victoria, the seat was created through the abolition of the districts of Seymour, Benalla and Rodney and also takes in areas which used to belong to the Shepparton electorate.
With such a vast and diverse electorate, Steph was fully aware of the challenge that lay in store.
Shortly after being elected on 29 November 2014, she was chosen as Deputy Leader of The Nationals and given the shadow portfolios of Training, Skills and Apprenticeships and Youth Affairs.
Steph has hit the ground running, establishing an electorate office in Benalla and setting up localities for “mobile electorate offices’ in other towns across the electorate.
Steph is pushing hard to hold the new Labor Government to account and ensure that rural and regional Victoria receives its fair share.
Priorities for Steph include seeing the upgrades of Benalla P-12 College and Seymour College come to fruition, ensuring publically funded hospital beds for Strathbogie Shire and delivering an ambulance service for Nagambie. Steph also continues to be focused on: