O’Brien sees drought first hand
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O’Brien sees drought first hand

New State Opposition leader, Michael O’Brien, was in East Gippsland today with local Nationals MP, Tim Bull, visiting drought impacted farmers.
“Prior to parliament resuming in February with Michael as the new leader, he promised to get up here as soon as possible and I am pleased he has kept that commitment,” Mr Bull said.
“It’s taken him just on two months, in stark contrast to the Premier for Melbourne who has not been here once in five years.
Mr Bull said he and Mr O’Brien attended a local sheep grazier’s property before meeting with Lindenow Valley growers and then a tour of Vegco.
“Whilst we were present for the $10m Lindenow Valley water security announcement, which was great news, this was about getting Michael out to have a chat to a few families without the media or a big entourage,” said Mr Bull.
Mr O’Brien said the discussions were very worthwhile and thanked those farmers who opened up about the plight they are facing.
“To hear the level some have de-stocked and the mounting feed bills, it really is time this government took some decisive action.
“While it’s been great to be back in East Gippsland as Opposition Leader it’s disappointing that Labor’s Premier hasn’t been down here in years. If he visited he might better understand the challenges local farmers are experiencing,” Mr O’Brien said.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, pictured with Gary and Kaye Davidson and Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien at the Davidson’s shearing shed at Walpa during his visit to Gippsland to assess drought conditions.