Deputy PM returns

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack returned to Gippsland on Thursday for his third visit since February.

Mr McCormack, who was acting Prime Minister at the time, visited Sale, Yarram and Rosedale with Gippsland MHR Darren Chester.

Mr McCormack meet with representatives from Wellington and East Gippsland shire and Latrobe City councils to discuss the region’s future development.

Mr McCormack also traveled along the Princes and Hyland highways, which have both received federal government funding, including $132 million to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale, and $60 million to boost road safety and upgrade visitor facilities along the Princes Highway corridor.

The two MPs then visited Yarram, where Mr McCormack will meet residents, their families and staff at Mirridong Services.

Mirridong received $2.32 million through the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund to provide more supported accommodation.

For more Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.