Media Releases Local Issues On the Campaign Trail

Steph's campaign steps up a gear

04 November 2014


The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan is kicking off the official start of the Victorian election campaign with a whirlwind journey down the Hume Highway today.

Ms Ryan will start in Benalla and gradually work her way down to Kilmore, stopping off at local shops and cafes at towns in between – including Euroa, Avenel, Longwood, Seymour, and Broadford.

The Governor of Victoria will issue the writ to begin the election process at 6pm tomorrow.

“I want to kick off the campaign with a bang! Although hopefully not literally - the last time that happened, Minister Walsh ended up helping me change my front tyre,” Ms Ryan said.

“Over the past nine months I’ve visited every corner of the Euroa electorate and travelled an estimated 50,000km - or more than once around the world,” Ms Ryan said.

“What better way to officially start the campaign-proper than by experiencing the wonderful hospitality of towns along the Hume Highway?

“I have spent a lot of time in these towns already – and a lot of time driving down the Hume Highway – but I really want to take a day to encapsulate what it is I love about this area.

“I will be stopping in at local cafes and shops to indulge in some of our fantastic local produce, perhaps start my Christmas shopping, and most importantly spend more time talking to the locals and finding out their priorities and concerns for the region.”

Ms Ryan said her tour would include looking at local hay bale art as part of the Benalla Festival, meeting with locals about train services in Euroa, visiting Longwood’s Rockery Gemstone Museum, chatting with parents at Broadford Primary School and meeting business owners in Kilmore and Avenel.

Ms Ryan said the official start of the campaign was also the perfect time to remind people to enrol to vote – particularly those who have just turned 18 or recently moved to the region.

“The electoral roll closes at 8pm on November 11 so there is just a week left to register if you haven’t already,” Ms Ryan said.

“It might sound like a cliché, but it’s true that every vote counts. It’s so easy to enrol online these days, or to check that your address details are correct, and I encourage everyone to do so.”

To check your details or to enrol visit https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment/Default.html 

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