The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has been back on the road to meet face-to-face with locals and discuss their concerns.
Racking up the milage, Mr O’Brien has held scheduled mobile office appointments in Rosedale, Gormandale, Kilmany, Nambrok, Meeniyan, Dumbalk, Koonwarra and Mirboo in the past month before last week visiting Yanakie, Sandy Point and Venus Bay.
“Mobile offices are something I always endeavour to conduct at least once a year in every town within Gippsland South, but the lockdowns of the past two years meant those visits became few and far between which is why I’ve really made an effort this year to be on the ground in these towns as much as possible,” Mr O’Brien said.
“People are always welcome to email me or phone my office, but I understand that for a lot of people nothing beats a face-to-face meeting to understand and work through an issue which is why these mobile office days are so important.”
Mr O’Brien said public transport, housing, small business and tourism, wildlife management, renewable energy and the state of local roads were among the hot topics of the day along the southern edge of the electorate.
“I will now follow-up on the matters raised with me to work towards real solutions. In some cases that will mean working directly with local council or state departments and for others that will be raising concerns in Parliament or writing to a Minister.
“Overall, these meetings really highlight the concerns of regional Victorians like us here in Gippsland South and the issues that are unique to the country that city-based politicians might struggle to understand.
“That’s why it is so important for me as Gippsland South’s representative to make sure those local voices and their concerns are heard in Parliament where they might otherwise be ignored.”