Coalition victory

Local MPs will serve as part of a Coalition Government after Malcolm Turnbull yesterday declared victory in the federal election.

It came after opposition leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat following eight days of uncertainty.

The result means the government can follow through with its promises to the seats of Gippsland and McMillan, including $10 million for the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, a new heavy vehicle rest area at Moe, mobile phone coverage for Walhalla and millions in road improvements.

“I’m looking forward to getting on with the job of keeping (my) commitments and helping Malcolm Turnbull deliver the stability we need to build confidence in the business community and help create jobs in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley,” Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said.

The results for Coalition incumbents Mr Chester and Russell Broadbent came much quicker than the overall election outcome. Mr Chester retained the safe Gippsland seat with a swing towards him and Mr Broadbent lost ground in McMillan, but held onto the seat.