Statement from Danny O’Brien, Member for Gippsland South re: Darren Chester
Darren Chester has been and will continue to be a brilliant and effective representative for the people of Gippsland.
He has also been an excellent champion of regional Australia in his role as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and has delivered in spades for Gippsland.
The fact that he has lost that portfolio due to political and geographic arithmetic is a bitter blow.
As a friend and colleague, I am deeply disappointed for Darren.
Without Darren’s work, we would not have the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway project soon to get underway, we would not be about to spend $10 million on the Hyland Highway, we would not be duplicating the final stages of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale and we would definitely not be about to spend more than half a billion dollars on the Gippsland rail line.
All of these things and more Darren has delivered in just the last few years in his role as Minister and the new Minister will have to pull out all stops to keep faith with the people of Gippsland, as Darren has done.
I’m proud to serve alongside Darren Chester as a representative of the people of Gippsland and am very pleased that he will continue to serve Gippsland. I am sure he will return to higher office at some stage in the future.
I also congratulate my friends, our Victorian Senator and Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie and Member for Murray, Damian Drum, on their promotions.