THE leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh, toured the Gippsland South electorate this week with local MP Danny O’Brien, promoting The Nationals’ and Liberals’ Recover Rebuild policy platform.

Mr Walsh covered the full length of the South Gippsland Highway as he travelled from Melbourne through Leongatha, Foster, Gelliondale, Yarram and Sale before heading on to East Gippsland.

Mr O’Brien said the visit was a great opportunity to hear from locals about what they want to see as Victoria recovers and rebuilds from the pandemic.

“It was great to have Peter Walsh in the area and be on the road listening to people and visiting local businesses.

“The visit included a chat with Leongatha Business Association president, Anthony Walls, in Leongatha before moving onto a local food producing business in Foster and then HVP’s Gelliondale nursery.

“This is a fantastic site that employs up to 100 locals at its peak during the year and is the bedrock of the region’s successful plantation industry.

“At the other end of the scale, we visited the innovative Radial Timber mill at Yarram which highlights the need to continue the native hardwood timber industry which supplies jobs in places like Yarram and right throughout Gippsland.”

Mr O’Brien said the evening concluded with a business dinner in Sale, where local farmers and businesspeople shared their views on the needs of the region going into the future.

The Nationals and Liberals’ Recover Rebuild agenda includes a six-point plan.

“We will ensure that there are no more lockdowns, slash hospital waiting lists, fix the mental health crisis, keep schools open and help our children to recover, keep the cost of living down and support business to recover and employ more Victorians.

“While Daniel Andrews and Labor continue to introduce more taxes, we want to help our state recover and rebuild and give Gippslanders a better deal.”