Nats take to the water for Murray Meander

Tuesday 27 February 2018

A team of Nationals MPs are this week undertaking the Murray Meander, boarding a tinnie and travelling along the Murray River to raise funds for charity.

Team captain Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the Nats MPs were looking forward to the challenge while fundraising for cancer support and services.

“The Murray Meander is a fundraising event that consists of a fleet of tinnies travelling along the Murray River,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Proceeds from the event are directed primarily to the Otis Foundation which provides retreat accommodation for women with breast cancer and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation Australia which funds oncology nursing scholarships to support prostate cancer services.

“It will be a fun and entertaining trip while also supporting these two very important causes.”

The Murray Meander is described as not a race, more a contest of wits, ingenuity and social endurance and an opportunity to raise funds for cancer support and enjoy a trip on the magnificent Murray River.

The Nationals team includes Victorians Peter Walsh, Steph Ryan, Luke O’Sullivan, Damian Drum and Mr McCurdy as well as NSW State Member for Murray Austin Evans. Team members will be on the boat at various stages of the meander.

“In addition to raising funds for charity we are also looking forward to discussing relevant issues with Murray River communities along the way,” Mr McCurdy said.

“With the recent announcement of the Cross Border Commissioner and Austin Evans as part of the team cross border issues can be discussed.

“The wake boarding ban issue is also a significant matter we are ready to talk to people about.”

Mr McCurdy said Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica would be meeting with the Nationals team on Thursday, providing the opportunity for representatives from three levels of government to be together.

The team begins its journey on Thursday from Yarrawonga.

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