Brian Paynter, the State Member for Bass was elected on 29th of November 2014.
Growing up in Pakenham, assisting with the family’s newsagency business, Brian was to go on following the family path and open his own small business, creating a very successful accounting firm from the ground up. Along with this he was Chairman of the Casey Cardinia Foundation for 10 years and on the board of Outlook Vic for 16 years. He has since been made a life governor at Outlook Vic. Outlook provide community, environment and employment services, focused on helping those with disabilities. Brian is the school Council President at Pakenham Secondary College, a school he actually attended himself and is also an ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation, raising awareness and providing support for those affected by domestic violence. He also assists the Make-a-Wish Foundation, bringing one of a kind experiences and hope to very ill teenagers and children.
Brian recounted some early memories of Gippsland life for us; “Playing junior footy for Pakenham and the torture of away games at Korumburra, absolutely freezing! We would huddle around in a room adjoining the changerooms watching ‘Video Hits’ and nobody wanted to get changed and run out.” Brian actually went on to play in two senior premierships for Pakenham and was a big supporter of Interleague football, playing every year.
We asked Mr. Paynter what he felt were the most challenging issues facing Gippslanders currently; “Public Transport and Employment. Too many people leave our area to seek employment elsewhere. The lack of a quality integrated public transport system affects the lives of so many and makes it difficult to easily access employment, health and education.” With three daughters of his own, education is clearly a passionate topic for him.
Conversely, we asked what he felt were the most challenging issues facing Gippsland Members of Parliament, at this time; “Accessing funds for infrastructure projects. The current government is focused on suburban and inner-city seats. When funding is issued to country areas, it’s in Labor held seats. Out of the 158 million dollars handed out from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, only 46 million dollars has been issued to coalition seats. Bass has received zero.”
Brian advised The Gippslander that outside of his family, that being elected Member for Bass was his greatest achievement. “I love doing the job and working hard to win back government in November 2018, so that I am able to implement our policies and really make a difference.”