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O’Brien raises MG concerns in Parliament

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has again taken the opportunity in State Parliament to raise concerns about the support required for the South Gippsland economy and Murray Goulburn workers.

Mr O’Brien told Parliament he had met last week with South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and others to discuss support for the town in the wake of the loss of more than 60 jobs at Leongatha’s Murray Goulburn factory in the past few months.

“It was a positive meeting organised by the Chamber and I’ve encouraged them and the Shire to highlight the projects they think should be funded to help stimulate the local economy,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The announcement of new jobs at Burra Foods and ViPlus at Toora will help soften the blow, but there are plenty of local projects that the Labor Government could get on with to help stimulate the local economy, including an upgrade of the South Gippsland Highway, better public transport links, funding Stage 2 of the Korumburra Secondary College redevelopment and many more.”

Mr O’Brien said the Labor Government must provide support to Murray Goulburn workers whether it be through retraining, skills counselling or other services that the state government and its agencies can provide.

“We’ve seen the state government step in and support Hazelwood workers in the Latrobe Valley as well as other major manufacturers that have suffered significant job losses around the state and the same support should be given to Leongatha.”

“I again call on the Melbourne Labor Government to ensure it provides support for the Leongatha and district communities during this difficult time.”

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