Bendigo Nationals branch celebrates 100 years of the Nationals in Victoria
The Bendigo Branch of the Nationals last week commemorated 100 of the Nationals in Victoria by hosting a historical celebration to honor and acknowledge past and present Bendigo branch members and past Nationals Members of Parliament.
The Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan has said that the Nationals have a long history in Bendigo, dating back as far as the 1940’s.
"The Nationals have had a presence in Bendigo for many years, actually back when we were known as The Country Party. We had George Victor Lansell as our first Nationals MP in Bendigo in the 1940’s, so the Nationals have been in the area for a long time.
"We’ve had some fantastic Nationals MPs representing the Bendigo area including Ron Best, George Rankin, Ken Wright, Bernie Dunn, Barry Bishop and Damian Drum as well as some extremely dedicated branch members who have done a lot for the Nationals.
"While we progress and grow as a party, I think it’s really important to acknowledge our history and learn more about the very beginnings of the Nationals. It’s great to see how far we’ve come as a party as we look to the future."
Mr O’Sullivan has said that the event included a speech from the Victorian Nationals Leader Peter Walsh, as well as a question and answer panel, a raffle, a quiz and a two course dinner.
The celebration included local life Member of The Nationals Geoff Coutts and Noel Rankin.
"It’s great to all get together and celebrate how far we’ve come as a party. It’s a chance to take stock of what makes The Nationals unique; our focus on making sure that people in regional on rural areas don’t miss out and ensuring that regional and rural areas remain great places to live and work."