O’Brien’s all ears in Foster and Fish Creek
Issues including fire services reform, local tourism promotion, weed control and euthanasia laws were among the topics for conversation when The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, brought his mobile electorate office to the region last week.
Mr O’Brien visited Port Franklin, Foster, Fish Creek and Buffalo for his regular advertised visits with local constituents.
“I believe it is important that I make myself available as often as possible to local people in their community, not just in my office somewhere, so that I can hear the issues that are affecting people and help them deal with state government problems.
"I had a very full book of appointments in Foster and Fish Creek and have a number of items that I am now following up on behalf of constituents.
"It was also good to meet with people who simply had issues they wanted to make me aware of or share their views on with me.
"This is a critical part of our democracy - to make sure the local representative hears from the people."
Mr O’Brien also took the opportunity to meet with his hosts in Foster, Manna Gum Community House, and toured the facility.
"I was very impressed at the constant parade of people into and out of Manna Gum Community House. It has a very strong feel of a community hub which is doing a great job offering services, education, socialisation and support for those in need."
Mr O’Brien thanked his hosts at Manna Gum House and also KO Bar and Grill in Fish Creek for providing the venues for his appointments.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien pictured with Manna Gum Community House representatives (L-R) Rebecca Matthews, Jeanette Pierce and Sue Burke
Fish Creek KO Bar and Grill co-owner, Corey O’Neil with The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien