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Gippsland South has its say on our future

Improved public transport and strong advocacy for country people are two of the key themes people in the Gippsland South electorate have pushed in a significant community feedback campaign run by The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien launched his Your Future, Your Say campaign in the second half of 2019 as a way for local people to have their say in what they would like the future of Gippsland South to look like.

“I was delighted by the high level of effort and detail put into many of the responses I received. While not all feedback was positive, constructive criticism was equally welcomed,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Responses ranged across issues from the smallest local project, to council rates and to global issues like tackling climate change.

“It is clear from the survey responses as well as from conversations had with locals who took the time to stop and speak to me in the street that there are a number of areas where people would like to see improvement.

“Key issues raised included the need for improved public transport, better roads, more jobs and decentralisation for Gippsland and quality local services such as in health and education.

“A lot of people also expressed real concern at what they perceive to be city-bias from the Andrews Labor Government.

“This is something I have raised numerous times in Parliament as we continue to see huge funding allocations made to city-based projects with little benefit to regional areas.”

Mr O’Brien said he had now collated the feedback into a summary report that is now available from his office or online at dannyobrienmp.com.au.

“I have written to the Premier, Treasurer and a number of Ministers including the Minister for Regional Development to ensure that they have a copy of this report and are aware of what locals see are priorities for our area.

“I know that it is important that I do all I can to give locals a voice in Parliament and this is just one way of making sure the Andrews Labor Government know what we have to say.”

Mr O’Brien said despite the obvious limitations placed on consultation by the coronavirus pandemic, he was able to work within the constraints to gather feedback from a wide range of constituents.

“As well as a paper survey that was distributed to every mail box in Gippsland South, I attended formal community meetings in 12 local towns, held dozens of listening posts in town streets, community facilities and local shows, sent a local economy survey to Gippsland South businesses, utilised interactive social media engagement, placed advertisements in local newspapers seeking feedback and made the survey available online.

“Although this consultation has now closed, feedback is always invited at any time and I am available at [email protected] to share any thoughts on what the State Government can do to ensure a fairer deal for Gippsland South.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, listening to community feedback during his Your Future, Your Say consultations.

 

9 December 2020

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