Putting locals first is about standing up for local issues & working hard to get a fair share of funding for communities.

Meet Danny O'Brien

Danny O’Brien was born and raised in Gippsland, the youngest of seven children from a proudly local family. After completing VCE he undertook a journalism cadetship at the Gippsland Times and Maffra Spectator newspaper in Sale, before taking up a role with Southern Cross TV News and later Win TV. Between his TV reporting and a concurrent role as Publicity Officer for the then Latrobe Valley Football league, Danny travelled the length and breadth of Gippsland, getting to know communities all over Gippsland.

After a stint travelling overseas, he worked for Win TV in Ballarat where he was Deputy State News Director before taking up a role as Chief of Staff and Media Adviser for Leader of The Nationals and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan. He was subsequently a Senior Adviser for former Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile and before entering parliament in the State Upper House was Chief of Staff to Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce.

Danny’s other jobs have always been focussed on rural people, including time as CEO of the National Irrigators’ Council at the height of the Murray Darling Basin Plan debate, as an agriculture and trade policy adviser at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and at the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

He is a passionate advocate of rural people and a strong supporter of our primary industry sector. Married to Vicki, with two young children, Danny lives in Sale and is involved in country football, Rotary, the local CFA brigade and Sale Field and Game.

Danny’s Priorities

My vision for Gippsland is focused on healthy families, more jobs, profitable small businesses and better returns for farmers. The electorate of Gippsland South is used to having a strong voice in State Parliament and I’m determined to continue that good work.

In the past four years, The Nationals delivered more than $220 million worth of projects in the electorate as part of the Coalition Government. It’s not just about delivering money to the region – politics is all about standing up for your community on the issues that matter to them.

As a born and bred Gippslander, I’m passionate about our region and I want to make sure the new Labor Government doesn’t forget about us.

Key issues Danny will be fighting for:

  • Completion of the Sale Specialist School
  • Funding to upgrade Korumburra and Leongatha Secondary Colleges
  • Port Welshpool Long Jetty
  • Toora boat ramp
  • Modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District through MID 2030

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