Jamie McCaffrey says he’s a real alternative for Ovens

Jamie McCaffrey, state candidate for the Greens in the seat of Ovens Valley. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Jamie McCaffrey, state candidate for the Greens in the seat of Ovens Valley. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

PUBLIC transport, securing better essential services and attracting more people to the North East are the key platform points for the Greens candidate for Ovens Valley.

Wangaratta’s Jamie McCaffrey is the latest political hopeful to throw his hat in the ring for November’s state election, and will challenge sitting Nationals MP Tim McCurdy.

With an estimated margin of 19.2 per cent in Mr McCurdy’s favour, Mr McCaffrey has a tough fight on his hands but he’s up for it.

“I’m offering people an alternative, someone to vote for who will be truly representative of what locals want and need,” he said.

“As a new seat anything can happen — (federal MP) Cathy McGowan and Voices 4 Indi shows you can take a safe seat and I’ll be putting in a good fight against Mr McCurdy.”

Mr McCaffrey, 45, works at Wangaratta Council as its emergency management co-ordinator and lives in the rural city with his wife Victoria, who grew up in the North East, and their two children, aged 8 and 5.

The family moved from Melbourne to Wangaratta three years ago, in part to be closer to Victoria’s family and also for a better lifestyle.

“We both really enjoyed returning up here to visit, so we made the decision to come and make a life here,” he said.

“It’s a great place to live and I always think, ‘Why can’t we attract more people to come here?’,” Melbourne-born Mr McCaffrey said.

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