Libs, Greens to challenge Nats for Gippsland South

WELLINGTON Shire councillor Scott Rossetti has been named as the Liberal Party candidate for the Gippsland South by-election.

Andrea Millsom from Loch as been announced as the Greens candidate.

The other known candidate for the March 14 by-election is Eastern Victoria MLC Danny O’Brien, who will run for the Nationals.

Mr Rossetti, owner of Sale-based Gippsland Funeral Services, which has offices in Yarram and Foster, has been a Wellington Shire councillor since 2008 and has been mayor for three one-year terms, most recently last year.

He has already drawn attention to the state of the South Gippsland Highway as a continuing source of concern for electorate members.

Ms Millsom, who was the Greens’ lead candidate for the Eastern Victoria upper house region at last year’s election, said she would offer the people of Gippsland South a fresh vision.

“The Greens are a party of the future,” she said.

“This is my community. I am proud, passionate and will stand up to have country voices heard in parliament.

“This community has been waiting to have its say on the coal seam gas licences covering its farms and towns. This is their opportunity.

“I expect a strong response to the call to write ‘no CSG’ on ballots in this by-election.”

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said Ms Millsom has been a tireless campaigner for the people of Gippsland.

“She will take this opportunity to advance the big issues facing the region and offer a change from the tired old parties,” he said.