The Nationals Gippsland South

The Nationals to celebrate Leongatha’s own Sir Herbert Hyland

The contribution to South Gippsland and Victoria of Leongatha’s own Sir Herbert Hyland will be honoured at a dinner next month in celebration of 100 years of continuous service by The Nationals.

Sir Herbert served as the Member for Gippsland South for an incredible 41 years from 1929 to 1970 and was instrumental in the post-war development of Gippsland.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the dinner was part of centenary celebrations for The Nationals across the state and would feature Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan as special guest speaker.

Mr O’Brien said Sir Herbert’s 41 years as an MP, winning 15 consecutive elections, was a testament to his service to The Nationals and the Gippsland community.

“Sir Herbert’s contribution to Gippsland South was invaluable as far making the country voice heard among the big voices of the city,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Sir Herbert Hyland began as a general store owner in Leongatha before moving into the dairy industry and ultimately politics. He was a popular member whose commitment to his community saw him knighted in 1952.”

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals began as a small group of Victorian farmers who united because they believed regional Australia was too important for politicians to ignore.

For 100 years we have been providing a strong local voice for our regional communities.

“Our unbroken representation over the past 100 years has resulted in great progress for our region and this will continue into the future.” Mr O’Brien said.

Anyone interested in attending the dinner can contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 5144 1987.

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