Monday 2 February 2015
Retirement of the Hon Peter Ryan MP
I want to place on record my deep appreciation to Peter Ryan for his outstanding service to the people of Victoria and the Victorian Coalition parties.
Since being first elected to the seat of Gippsland South in 1992 Peter has been a giant of State politics. He has always been a huge advocate for rural and regional Victoria.
Importantly, Peter will be remembered as playing a vital role in helping to secure victory in the 2010 state election and working with Ted Baillieu to restore the Victorian Coalition.
As Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter was in charge of the Coalition’s successful $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that generated considerable investment, growth and jobs in rural and regional areas across the State.
As Minister for Bushfire Response, Peter worked to ensure that the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission were implemented so that communities were better protected.
In his role as Minister for State Development, Peter fought to create more jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses – highlighted by the Coalition Government’s rescue package for SPC at Shepparton.
As Police Minister Peter began the roll out of the hugely successful PSO program on metropolitan and major regional railway stations.
The Victorian Parliament is losing a man of extraordinary experience and wisdom. Spring Street will feel the loss of a fine elder statesman.
I wish Peter and his wife, Trish and their children all the very best for the future as they enter their next chapter. I hope that his great attributes will not be lost to public life.