Gippsland South The Nationals

O'Brien congratulates Melina Bath on preselection

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien, has congratulated another South Gippsland local in Melina Bath for winning Nationals pre-selection to replace him as Member for Eastern Victoria in the Legislative Council.

"Melina is a proud and passionate South Gippslander and will be a great asset to The Nationals team in Gippsland and in State Parliament.

"Melina was raised at Fish Creek, lives in Koonwarra, ran a small business in Leongatha and is a teacher in Mirboo North so she has a deep understanding of what makes South Gippsland tick.

"But as a born and bred Gippslander she will be a great representative for the whole region.  Melina's skills from running a business for 12 years and her understanding of education and the needs of rural students will ensure she makes a valuable contribution to the party and the Parliament on behalf of all Gippslanders.

"As the first woman elected to the State Parliament to represent The Nationals in Gippsland she also adds to the diversity of our party and joins our recently elected MPs Steph Ryan and Emma Kealy as a talented group of young women in our ranks.

"As Member for Gippsland South I'm wrapt to have Melina's support and I look forward to working with her in the future."

Mr O'Brien paid tribute to Kate Lancaster, Tim Shelton and Nicole Griffin as the other candidates who put themselves forward for pre-selection.

"We were lucky to have four top quality candidates who made the choice for party delegates very difficult.  I'm sure Melina will be a great representative for our region."

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