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Five nominate for Nationals pre-selection

Cr Jo Armstrong.

Cr Jo Armstrong has nominated for the National Party.

Establishing ‘connections’ for western Victorians will be a primary focus for Jo Armstrong if she wins National Party pre-selection for a seat on Victoria’s Legislative Council.
Cr Armstrong, a member of Ararat Rural City Council, is one of five Nationals nominations to stand for Western Victoria Region seats in State Parliament’s upper house.
She joins three other pre-selection nominations including Leila Sweeney-McDougall, also from Tatyoon district.
Others are Andrew Black from Miners Rest, Michael Neoh, Warrnambool and Anita Rank, Portland.
Cr Armstrong said in an interview with radio station 3WM’s Paul Burns that connectivity was critical for the health and wellbeing of regional Victorians.
“A focus I have is connecting people – not just communication between people but the physical connection we have with each other – be it through roads or rail and digital connectivity and trying to address the feeling of isolation a segment of our population can feel from time to time,” she said.
“It’s about valuing people in the places that they live and belong and who want to feel comfortable knowing they can have a quality of life in regional Victoria.”
Cr Armstrong said nominating for pre-selection was exciting and she welcomed a ‘strong field of contenders’.
“It’s going to be a really healthy competition and that can only be a good thing for the people of western Victoria,” she said.
“The platform for the Nationals is very sound and issues involving infrastructure are so important for western Victorians.
“There’s the crumbling nature of much of our infrastructure and of course the first thing that comes to people’s minds is roads.
“I think looking at a way of matching strategic needs for funding to improve our roads network is really important.”
Cr Armstrong said there was also an opportunity to push hard for improvements to passenger rail services in western Victoria.
“It’s terrific that regions are already lobbying around the improvement to the Ballarat rail line,” she said.
“But to extend that service further to Ararat and look to pushing up into Horsham and down into Hamilton is another exciting opportunity.”
Cr Armstrong said a Nationals push for decentralisation was also sound.
“Whole communities are going to benefit from that and we just need to ensure we have workplace planning in place so on a regional basis we match supply of facilities with the services,” she said.
Nationals state president Neil Pankhurst said any of the candidates would make a fine addition to the party’s parliamentary team.
The pre-selection will be in Ballarat on June 23.
The Victorian election is on November 24.

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