O'Brien thanks Gippsland South voters
The Nationals candidate for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien, has thanked the people of the electorate for their strong support at the weekend by-election and vowed to get straight down to work once his election victory is confirmed.
Mr O'Brien claimed the win on the back of a strong 45 per cent primary vote, well clear of the Liberals with 26 per cent and the Greens who polled only 15 per cent despite there being no Labor candidate.
"I am humbled by the result at the weekend. Despite a strong challenge from a high-profile Liberal candidate and the loss of Peter Ryan's personal vote, The Nationals have prevailed comfortably.
"I think this shows once again that country people, and the people of Gippsland South in particular, do want a country-focussed party to represent their interests.
"It may be a few weeks before I am sworn into Parliament but I will be in a location near you, listening to the concerns of locals and ensuring their voice is heard.
"I will not win every fight, but I will fight each issue with vigour and determination to ensure Gippsland South gets its fair share," Mr O'Brien concluded.