Meester returns as an independent

AFTER contesting last year’s election for Country Alliance, Deb Meester will be entering the Gippsland South by-election as an independent candidate.

Ms Meester has decided to run as an independent to give a local voice to voters who feel the seat of Gippsland South has been a safe National seat for too long.

Ms Meester said she will be a strong voice standing up against coal seam gas and for the rights for farmers.

She will lead the fight against ice in the community, believing a school-based education program aimed at primary school level and detox facilities in Gippsland are needed.

Ms Meester would also like to see the abolishment of camping fees, believing they are a means to raising revenue to pay bureaucrats.

Born in Maffra to dairy farming parents, Ms Meester attended Catholic College Sale and Maffra Secondary College.

The mother of two attained her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2003 and after the birth of her second son, completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Peri Operative Nursing and continues to work in the health industry today.