Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the election of Councillor Natalie O’Connell as East Gippsland Shire’s new mayor and says he is looking forward to working with her to promote the region.
Mr Chester said Cr O’Connell provided a youthful and fresh perspective on some of the challenges facing the region.
“I’ve worked closely with Natalie since she was first elected, on projects like the Omeo mountain bike trail and upgrading the Great Alpine Road, and I respect her for the enthusiasm she brings to her new role,” Mr Chester said.
“We are both focussed on making East Gippsland an even better place to live, work, visit and raise a family.
“I’m certain there are many projects we can cooperate on that will deliver benefits to locals and visitors to our region.
“I would also like to congratulate outgoing mayor Joe Rettino for his outstanding service to the community.
“Under his leadership we were able to secure funding for a range of road, bridge and community infrastructure projects and he has made an outstanding contribution to the East Gippsland Shire Council.”