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Sir Herbert hyland honoured in Leongatha

The incredible service of former Member for Gippsland South, Sir Herbert Hyland, was honoured at a dinner in Leongatha this week to mark the centenary of the foundation of The Nationals/Country Party.

Sir Herbert Hyland was the Country Party Member for Gippsland South from 1929 to 1970, an incredible 41 years in State Parliament during which time he served as a Minister in several portfolios and was Leader of the Country Party for nine years.

The Nationals current Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, who organised the dinner which featured special guest speaker, Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan, said it was fitting to pay tribute to the service of Sir Herbert.

“Sir Herbert Hyland stands as a monument for his service to the people of Gippsland and rural Victoria more generally.

“He was a legendary fighter for his constituents, known for his lobbying and voluminous letter-writing and he served this area with distinction.

“As we heard at the dinner he also paid a critical role in the establishment of the CFA, in delivering government support for infant welfare centres and kindergartens, country roads and in the development of the Latrobe Valley power industry at a time when Morwell and Traralgon were part of the Gippsland South electorate.

“Sir Herbert won 15 consecutive elections, five of them uncontested, and never once fell short of a majority on primary votes.

“Most incredibly at his last election in 1967 and after 37 years in the Parliament he achieved the highest two-party preferred vote of any MP in the state.

“He clearly was a well-loved and well-respected local member.”

The dinner, attended by members of the Leongatha community, business people and members of The Nationals, heard from Mr O’Brien on Sir Herbert’s achievements and also from Steph Ryan who outlined positive future policies for country Victoria under a future Liberal-Nationals government.

“As we celebrate our centenary year we are conducting events in 100 towns to mark 100 years and the dinner in Leongatha was a highlight for the Gippsland region.

“Judging by what I have read, if I can be half as good as Sir Herbert as a local member then I will be doing a good job.

“I am very proud to walk in his shoes and to continue the service provided by the Nationals/Country Party to the people of Gippsland.”


The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath MP, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan MP celebrate the incredible service of former Member for Gippsland South Sir Herbert Hyland.

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