Member for Benambra Bill Tilley set to recontest his seat for the Liberal Party at 2018 poll

THE member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, plans to recontest the seat at the Victorian election in 2018.

The Liberal Party MLA aired his aim in an interview with The Border Mail to mark 10 years as an MP.

"I'm about to undergo preselection again for what would be a fourth term,” Mr Tilley said.

"That preselection process starts very shortly and then there will be an election in two years and hopefully the unfinished business, the things that I've wanted to complete for the community, can get completed.”

Ready to run again: Liberal Party representative Bill Tilley has put his hand up for a fourth term as the member for Benambra. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Ready to run again: Liberal Party representative Bill Tilley has put his hand up for a fourth term as the member for Benambra. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Mr Tilley, 53, does not expect a contest from Liberal rivals for preselection.

"There's no indication whatsover from all my Liberal membership in the area,” he said. "I think I will have the support of the Liberal Party, which is a good feel.”

Given the run of the Andrews Labor Government, Mr Tilley is upbeat about his leader Matthew Guy becoming premier in 2018, saying: "I'm certainly feeling a sense of a hell of a lot more confidence than when we left office (two years ago).”

He cites a “long list” of things that motivate him to continue in Spring Street. They include developing Falls Creek as a high altitude training centre, building a multi-function centre at Corryong racecourse and backing a glycerine factory to use tallow being exported from Wodonga’s rendering plant.

Dogged by the woeful North East rail line and V/Line service for his time in parliament, Mr Tilley is pragmatic on the issue. 

"I just want the community to clearly understand the tracks are federal, regardless of whether it is Sophie Mirabella, Sussan Ley, Cathy McGowan,” Mr Tilley said when asked about the problems.

"The passenger service is the state. The state of the tracks at the present, how could the state go out and spend $100 million-plus replacing the rolling stock which is going to be broken and fallen apart in two years? They need to put a significant investment and determine what exactly they want to do.

"The reality is it is a freight line, passenger services buy slotting and there's not much money to be made out of passenger services.”

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