If you want change, vote for change. Change your vote.

Katrina Rainsford, Candidate for Lowan


  • Letter from Christine Hallinan - Horsham

    Nov 28, 2014

    ‘The time has come, the Walrus said…’ Lewis Carroll (1871)

    It is well recognised that independent MP’s have considerable influence and power in the Parliamentary Chambers of Victoria. This Saturday, we owe it to ourselves, and to each other, to turn the historically safe seat of Lowan into one that has Independent MP representation.

    Let us stop the ‘political malaise’ that has prevailed in our electorate...think about the conditions of our roads, lack of railway services, high rates, and the need for repopulation…think about changing your vote. Let us enjoy the rewards of an Independent MP representing our needs in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.

    It is time to change the state of play in the Lowan Electorate.

    Christine Hallinan - Horsham

  • 4 Reasons to Vote for the Person, not the Party!

    Nov 27, 2014

    Four reasons to vote for the person not the party!


    1. Being a vet—it’s about caring for the animals and connecting with the people.
    2. Being a farmer—it’s about caring for the environment and producing food that feeds the world.
    3. Being in business—it’s about providing a service to the community and working with a team of people.
    4. Being a councillor—it’s about serving the community, planning for a better future and building on the legacy of previous generations.


    It’s about LOWAN—it’s about putting you first!







  • Listen to Katrina on the ABC - 'Breakfast with Dan Glover'

    Nov 26, 2014

    November 14

    Listen to Katrina on the ABC  'Breakfast with Dan Glover'.

    14 November

    Vic Election: Katrina Rainsford, Lowan
    copyright Dan Glover, ABC from 'Breakfast with Dan Glover'

  • Rainsford - Working for Lowan - Letter to the Editor

    Nov 24, 2014

    In April this year, people from Edenhope asked me to stand for Lowan.  It was a call to action I accepted.

    Once again I stand to represent the people.

  • Nationals Candidate CEO Coverup - Letter to the Editor

    Nov 19, 2014

    The National Party knowingly supported the CEO of the Edenhope Hospital Ms Emma Kealy as their Candidate for the seat of Lowan, despite being informed prior to preselection that there were questions about her governance of the Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital.


  • Moving Teaching Academies appalls Independent for Lowan, Dr Katrina Rainsford - Media Release

    Nov 10, 2014

    Independent for Lowan Dr Katrina Rainsford is appalled to hear that this successful program of regional Teaching Academies which has been part of the Hamilton education landscape for eight years has been stolen election eve and moved to Warrnambool.


  • Rainsford Commits to Rural Policing

    Nov 5, 2014

    Repopulating Lowan is a cornerstone of my campaign. Attracting and retaining population is dependent on promoting and providing welcoming, safe communities.

    Our rural police men and women are a critical link to the safety element of country residents and visitors.


  • A Snapshot of my Vision for Lowan is.....

    Nov 2, 2014

    A Snapshot of my Vision for Lowan is to.....



  • Policy Statement

    Oct 31, 2014

    Policy Statement

    One of the four pillars of my It’s about Lowan election campaign is reining in rates.

    These are some suggested reforms I would like to have debated within Lowan and across the State to amend the Local Government Act.



  • This Election, It's About Lowan - Letter to the Editor

    Oct 25, 2014

    As we celebrate the 100 years of the Anzacs, it appears to this ratepayer, resident, farmer and mother that we have Government policy not working for us and our children’s future. I am offering you the chance to make a change, to vote for change, and change your vote.


  • Supporting the Hamilton Fire Air Base, Press Release

    Oct 23, 2014

    I am committed to supporting the Hamilton Fire Air Base.


  • Office Opening It's About Lowan, Media Release

    Oct 17, 2014

    Dr. Katrina Rainsford opened the ‘it’s about LOWAN’ office in Horsham on Friday. The office located at 89 McPherson Street will be the Wimmera hub for residents in the Lowan electorate to visit Katrina by appointment.


  • Valuing Our Assets - Letter to the Editor

    Oct 9, 2014

    Having spent two very rewarding if not sometimes windswept days at the Horsham Ag Show last week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who contribute to this and other Wimmera show events.

    If there was a community supported project for improving the facilities whilst retaining the history and wonderful ambience of Horsham's riverside show grounds I would be very interested in providing support.


  • Short Changed Again in Lowan - Letter to the Editor

    Oct 8, 2014

    Lowan continues to be short changed by the State and Federal Governments whilst the real action is in marginal seats.

    The Federal Government cut back their road funding then announced new funding on the eve of a State Election. Shires that need tens of millions for road upgrades get one million. There is always a decimal place missing.


  • Keep Fire Service Levies down and dedicated to emergency services

    Sep 23, 2014

    Victorian Labor Opposition leader Daniel Andrews needs to promise not increase Fire Services Levies in Victoria like his ALP colleagues in South Australia, and rule out using emergency service levies other than on emergency services.


  • Politics and policy take this vet from the paddock

    Sep 5, 2014

    Article in the Hamilton Times, 4 Sep 2014

    What drives her?  She has often been a lone voice, out of step with her council colleagues and at times a maverick within the Liberal Party. What are the motivations that propel someone into the political sphere when success is not often assured?

  • Experience Counts - Letter to the Editor

    Sep 4, 2014

    In November I hope the businessmen and women of Lowan will consider voting for the person who has been in business herself, to represent them confidently in State Parliament.


  • 100 days from November 2014 State Election - Together We Can Win for Lowan

    Aug 26, 2014

    Together We Can Win for Lowan

    100 days from November 2014 State Election

    As an Independent I can put Lowan first, every time.

  • VICROADS - Partners Not Masters - Letter to the Editor 30 July

    Jul 30, 2014

    VICROADS need to be our partners, not our masters. In 14 years’ experience serving as a Shire councillor over two Shires in Lowan, I have found Regional VICROADS officers extremely helpful and essential partners.

    However, at times, it seems that head office takes over and starts making or changing the game. It’s also evident the State Government budgets reduce funds, or they prioritise other areas for investment (usually closer to Melbourne).

    When it comes to messing with people’s lives and assets when drawing lines on maps that become two lane highways, then four lane freeways, the stakes are high.

  • People Power - Letter to the Editor

    Jul 30, 2014
    Lowan is the largest lower house seat and just getting larger. We need to reverse the population decline, plan for growth, seek investment, be prepared to back some major projects and not be afraid to ask for more.
  • Douglas Corner, Letter to the Editor

    Jul 30, 2014

    I am listening to the people of Lowan and what I’m hearing at Douglas needs action now, well before the November State Election.

    The spent Douglas mineral sand mine site is now being used to store radioactive material now in a concentrated form after processing....

    ....I want to know what the current local member is doing to resolve these concerns and the risk, if there is one, to his Lowan residents.

  • The Commemoration of World War 1, Press Release 23 July

    Jul 23, 2014
    The following was written the year of my Dad, Ross Rainsford’s birth. Dad was a returned soldier, but as he was not from the land he did not qualify for soldier settlement land (without spending several years working on others farms).
  • Rainsford Seeks State Government Support For Passenger Rail Strategy

    Jul 23, 2014
    Dr Katrina Rainsford, Independent Candidate for Lowan, supports the call for State Government funding the feasibility study into the return of passenger rail to Hamilton and Horsham and stations in the west of Victoria.
  • Animal Welfare Reporting

    Jul 16, 2014
    Managing reporting of animal welfare incidents to suit a media campaign is not acceptable. 

    Animal Welfare Activists could and should have a duty of care and responsibility to report immediately to authorities if they have evidence of animal welfare incidents.
  • Fire Services Levies Could Fix Mobile Black Spots Now!!

    Jul 9, 2014
    As a voice for Lowan Katrina Rainsford calls on funds from the Fire Services Levies, to be used immediately to support the Federal and State Government Funds.”
  • The Safeguarding Our Water For The Future

    Jun 26, 2014
    Community concern over unconventional natural gas exploration and extraction is valid. Local councils are taking an interest and responding to the concerns of their communities on the issue. There are other agencies that have direct responsibility for safeguarding and managing our natural resources.
  • Independents Day

    Jun 4, 2014
    In the November 29 State election I am standing as an Independent who is a conditional Coalition Supporter. Conditional on what is in it for Lowan.
  • The Grampians Peaks Trail - Letter to the Editor

    May 29, 2014
    The Grampians Peaks Trail proposed for the Grampians is another game changer for Lowan which I will be supporting.

    The 144 km multi day walk extending from Mt Zero to Dunkeld includes new Hiker camps providing controlled camping on the walk. Appealing to an international audience as well as becoming an Australian "must do' experience, the potential increase in tourist numbers and boost to local economy is significant. Tourists also spend on the way to their destination, benefiting surrounding towns.
  • Rainsford's 4 R's

    May 21, 2014

    "We have so much to offer in Western Victoria but we need some game changers.

    You may have read that my campaign for Lowan is based on the three R’s: Roads - Fix the Roads, Rail - Return Passenger Rail, and Rates - rein in the rises."

    The goal is growth, another R, Repopulate our rural communities!

Rainsford's Vision - FOUR Rs

Roads, Rails, Rates and Repopulate our Rural Communities

Fix the Roads, Return Passenger Rail, Rein in Rates and Repopulate our Rural Communities

My vision for Lowan is increasing population and employment, a real plan for growth, where we enjoy roads of the standard as the rest of Victoria, our communities are connected back into the Passenger Rail service that is provided to the rest of Victoria, our Shire Rates stop increasing beyond our ability to pay and State and Federal Governments stop cost shifting down to Local Government.


A vibrant food and fibre producing and value adding Lowan ecomony.

That the people demand not to be taken for granted as being coalition supporters who don't need the same services as the rest of the State.

Dr Katrina Rainsford


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