Another snub for drought affected farmers
Premier Daniel Andrews has again snubbed drought affected farmers in Central and East Gippsland by failing to visit the region and see the conditions first-hand.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he was disappointed that the Premier had again visited the Latrobe Valley on Friday, but had failed to get beyond Traralgon.
“In Parliament and in local media I have called on the Premier to visit East Gippsland to see the drought conditions first-hand,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It's good that his Agriculture Minister has done so a couple of times and we have had the Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh also visit to see the conditions first-hand.
“This is not about partisan politics, it's about the Leader of the State showing some support for our farmers and also getting an understanding of the conditions in our region.
“In response to my question in Parliament, the Premier refused to even comment on whether he would visit and now he has made yet another visit to the Latrobe Valley without getting beyond Traralgon.
“There is a stark difference between west and south Gippsland conditions and those in the east where many of our farmers have been struggling for two failed seasons.
“If the Premier is truly to govern for the whole state then he should be coming to East Gippsland, listening to farmers and local communities about the impact of the drought and then providing an appropriate government response.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, who hosted Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh in the region recently, is disappointed that the Premier remains one of the only party leaders yet to see the effect of the drought in East Gippsland firsthand.