The Nationals honour past MPs in centenary year

The contribution of past Gippsland MPs will be honoured in celebration of 100 years of continuous service by The Nationals.

Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath will be co-hosting events in Kilmany and Yarram next week to honour Tom Wallace MLA and Hon Bert May MLC respectively.

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals are celebrating 100 years by holding events in 100 towns across the state to commemorate the service of past MPs and the towns they came from.

Tom Wallace served as the Member for Gippsland South from 1982 until 1992 and was also a councillor and Shire President of the former Shire of Rosedale. Bert May served as the Member for Gippsland in the Legislative Council from 1957 until 1973.

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals’ centenary celebration was providing a platform to honour Gippsland’s past leaders.

“It’s important that we take the time to reflect upon and pay tribute to those that came before us because we simply wouldn’t be where we are today, as a party or a region, without the work of great leaders like Tom Wallace and Bert May.”

Ms Bath said much of The Nationals great talent over the years originated from Gippsland.

“The Nationals really are like a big family and it is important we honour our representatives and supporters both past and present who have helped keep our party strong in Gippsland,” Ms Bath said.

“For 100 years we have been providing strong representation for our regional communities, fighting for our fair share of government support and ensuring Spring Street is well aware of the value country people contribute to our state, and we will continue to do this into the future.”

For information about any of the events taking place during the centenary year, contact Danny O’Brien’s office on 03 5144 1987.


Danny O'Brien with past Gippsland South Member Tom Wallace.



Former Member for Gippsland, Bert May

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