DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan brought a host of State Government Ministers and Nationals' stalwarts to Ararat on Monday to show their support for local Nationals' candidate for Ripon Scott Turner.
The official launch of Team Turner was also attended by around 70 family, friends and party supporters at the Alexandra Oval community rooms.
Attending the launch along with the Deputy Premier were Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum, Minister for Local Government Tim Bull, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and Member for Western Victoria David O'Brien.
"Six months ago I was approached and asked to represent the region and be a vocal and strong voice for Ripon," Mr Turner said.
Mr Turner spoke about the issues which are important to him across the region, including the promotion of sport and recreation, employment, small business, promotion of the Ararat Active City project and improvements to road infrastructure.
Mr Turner also took the Minister for Sport and Recreation on a tour of the new facilities at Alexandra Oval.
"It was a good opportunity to show Damien Drum the new rooms at Alexandra Oval which in six weeks will be finished," Mr Turner said.
In the area of employment, Mr Turner said his previous experience in the employment recruitment field as well as his work at A F Gason has shown him the skills, or lack of skills, that some people have in the region.
"There is a need to upskill people so that they are ready and raring to go to get the jobs they want," Mr Turner said.
Mr Turner praised the Ararat Active City project and said through his direct involvement in The Biggest Loser program through the participation of his brother Rodger, he has seen first hand the benefits of improving the health of the town.
"He has got fitter and added a few years to his life and we want to see if we can extend this program to other areas," he said.
The improvement to local and regional road infrastructure is also seen as vital by Mr Turner, as is improving the V/Line time table of trains into Melbourne.
Mr Turner has finished working at A F Gason and will spend the next three months on the campaign trail across the region.
"I will be getting out more and meeting and greeting people," he said.