Collectively together with his spouse Cath, Mr Andrews introduced a $10 million funding increase to enhance well being companies.
The announcement drew a puff after which applause from the nurses, docs and hospital employees who gathered of their dozens to observe the announcement.
The cash would go in direction of enhanced companies to assist spare in poor health sufferers the journey time to Melbourne that ought to be spent with household as an alternative.
Mr Andrews, who spent a lot of his youth in Wangaratta, mentioned the hospital was near his coronary heart – a spot his household had all the time been capable of depend on.
However he mentioned his father spent lots of his last days travelling between residence and Melbourne receiving therapy for most cancers.
“He deserved higher and so does each affected person in regional Victoria,” he mentioned.
Bob Andrews died after a “courageous and painful battle with most cancers” in 2016.
The Wangaratta Hospital is within the Ovens Valley voters – conservative territory held by Nationals MP Tim McCurdy who has been charged with fraud and can seem briefly in courtroom this week.
However Mr Andrews insisted the journey to Wangaratta was not an try to counteract a city-centric picture.
“I’m about being who I’m. I’m from regional Victoria,” he mentioned. “I’m from this local people – not pretending, I’m simply being me. I like this place.”
From there Mr Andrews’ Labor bus set off on a brief drive to his mom’s residence close by.
She had laid out a beneficiant unfold of membership sandwiches, rolls, recent fruit and scones with cream and jam.
Ms Andrews chatted politely with journalists about canines and the renovation she had accomplished on her residence.
Reporters and political staffers wandered the manicured gardens and basked for just a few moments within the solar earlier than once more boarding the bus selling “half value photo voltaic panels” and “free Tafe”.
The bus then wove its approach again by means of protected Nationals territory in direction of Melbourne.
Monday’s leg of the tour had little lifelike prospect of swinging the protected seat. However having now reminded Victorians that Mr Andrews grew up within the nation, marginal voters can guess on a go to from Labor’s large pink bus.
Benjamin is a state political reporter