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Making rural and regional communities a better place to live is the reason I enjoy public life.
Tim was born and raised on a dairy farm in West Gippsland. He has a long association with small regional communities, playing football for Catani and tennis for Yannathan. After completing year 12 at Caulfield Grammar School Tim worked in various vocations including interstate truck driving, the mining sector and real estate.
In 1987 Tim and his wife Glenys moved to Cobram and in a family partnership milked in excess of 1100 Friesian dairy cows.
Tim has been involved in various community groups. He was president of Cobram-Barooga Apex Club and chair of the Peaches n Cream Festival at Cobram.
Tim worked tirelessly for the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria, advocating for Northern Victorian dairy farmers and was also heavily involved in assisting farmers during the 1993 floods and pasture renovation.
Tim entered the Victorian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Murray Valley. He cites the rebuilding of the Numurkah Hospital after the devastating floods that ruined the old hospital as one of the most important decisions made during the term of the Coalition government.
Following a redistribution of electorate boundaries Tim is now the Member for Ovens Valley. Main communities in the electorate include Wangaratta, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Myrtleford and Bright.
Tim is an original board member of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and remains passionate about ensuring quality services are available to support problem gamblers.
Tim was Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and is currently the Shadow Minister for Sport, Veterans and Gaming and Liquor Regulation. These are all portfolios Tim has a long history and affiliation with. His contribution towards the Drugs and Crime Prevention inquiry into the drug ice continues to drive his passion to keep local communities safe and to address this issue.
He is a strong supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club but you will find Tim at many and varied sports events.
Making rural and regional communities a better place to live is the reason Tim enjoys public life.
Tim and Glenys have four adult children who now live in various parts of the country and overseas.