The Nationals Regional Victoria | October 06, 2016
Gippsland Nationals celebrate 100 years of unbroken political representation
It was 100 years ago that a small group of Victorian farmers united because they believed regional Australia was too important for politicians to ignore.
And it was this passion for regional Victoria that was the common theme of speakers at The Nationals 100 years of unbroken political representation celebration in Traralgon today.
“It was a fantastic celebration with speakers including our iconic past members in Peter Nixon and Peter Ryan as well as current members of parliament Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Member for Morwell Russell Northe,” Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said.
“Much of our great talent originates from Gippsland so it was great to get together at the old courthouse in Traralgon and celebrate our party’s representatives, supporters and of course our hard working and passionate volunteers.”
The morning tea included a ‘Question and Answer’ segment which revealed highlights, low points and laughs experienced during the Members political journeys.
“The Nationals really are like a big family and it is important we honour our 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.”
Caption One: Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, former Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan, former Federal Member for Gippsland Peter Nixon and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie answer questions at the Nationals 100 years celebration.
Caption two: National Party life members Meree Bath and Lindsay Cameron blow out the candles during the celebration of The Nationals 100 years.