With the Victorian budget released on May 1, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy had the opportunity to bring Opposition deputy leader Peter Walsh with him to Cobram to see some of the local projects Mr McCurdy holds dear.
‘‘It was really just a case of giving Peter Walsh an idea of what my priorities are in Cobram and what I want to see implemented in the future if we win the election,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
First on the agenda was a visit to Apex Reserve to meet with members of soccer club Cobram Roar, which is in desperate need of a place it can call home.
‘‘Cobram Roar, who is lobbying for a new pavilion, is a club that has been in existence for 60 years and do not have a club rooms and it is something they really need and deserve,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘They’ve been pushed from pillar to post so they are really keen to get some new facilities.’’
The politicians then made the visit to the farm of Cobram fruit grower Sam Sorrenti to discuss ways fruit fly can be reduced in the area.
‘‘It isn’t so much about helping them on the farm; it’s more about what we can do in town. We discussed the potential implementation of the Sitplus program which would involve dropping sterile flies out of a plane,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
A potential revamp of the Cobram Football Club social rooms and change rooms has been long sought by the club and the Scott Oval Committee.
‘‘We actually committed to this in the last election but the fact we didn’t get in made it a bit difficult,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
He said one of the other major pressing issues around town which was ignored by Labor in its 2018-19 state budget was the opportunity to upgrade Cobram Secondary College.
‘‘There is still some work to be done at the school. I was a bit disappointed with that one. I have been working on the Minister for Education to try and get some money spent there but that didn’t come either,’’ Mr McCurdy said.