McCurdy waits on aged care facility

HAVING HER SAY: First time voter Zoe Dixon, 18, of Mt Beauty, voted for the first time in her life at Saturday’s state elections, encouraged by ballot box attendant Bev Bantick.

PLANS for a new aged care facility will be temporarily put on hold as newly elected Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy finds his feet under a new Victorian Labor Government.

Mr McCurdy and then Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Health Minister David Davis announced a $15 million commitment for a new aged care facility at the Bright Hospital in early November.

Mr McCurdy told the Times this week that the need for an upgraded aged care facility is a priority for the community and he won’t stop fighting for it.

“The $15 million was an election commitment, and unfortunately we didn’t win, so now it’s a waiting game,” he said.

“I have to wait to find out who the new Minister for Health is and then I’ll be in his office to push for the funding.

“We need to lay the foundations with the new government and try to get through to them – it may take a couple of years, but we will get there.”

The National Party member said he was thrilled to have won the Ovens Valley seat and was looking forward to the next four years in office.

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