Electorate Officer Trish Elliott
Trish has worked as Peter Hall’s Electorate Officer at his Traralgon office since December 1988. Many constituents would have spoken to Trish over the years.
Prior to working with Peter, she worked as an Electorate officer for Peter McGauran, Federal member for Gippsland, for five years at his Sale office.
Originally Trish worked for Peter Nixon in Orbost for nearly five years, starting in 1970, when he originally held the position of Federal member for Gippsland, until his retirement.
Having grown up in Maffra before working in Melbourne, Trish went to live in Orbost, when she first married her husband Ron. School promotions over the years for Ron took them to Yarram, Nhill, Sale and now Traralgon, so she knows the electorate well.
Working for 3 politicians all called Peter, and for a collective total of 31 plus years, Trish says that she feels like part of the furniture!!
But she wouldn’t swap her job, as she loves it. It has given her a great deal of pleasure to work with the people of Gippsland, and help when needed.
Media Adviser Renee Switzer
Renee started work for Peter Hall in August 2008 in the area of media and research. Renee works on a part-time basis and also assists electorate officer Trish with electorate duties.
Prior to working with Peter, Renee worked at the Sunday Age in Melbourne as the paper’s health reporter. Renee was employed at The Age newspaper at the start of 2006 and worked as a journalist in the areas of Business, Sport, News and Online. She then went on to develop the Health round at the Sunday Age.
Renee went to The Age following five years of employment with the Latrobe Valley Express where she worked as a senior journalist and also completed a stint as editor. During this time she was awarded winner of the 2003 Victorian Country Press Association’s award for local reporting in a paper over 10,000 circulation and she also took out the same award the following year.
Renee has also completed work experience in the areas of radio and television and held a casual position for a local Public Relations firm during her time studying at Monash University Gippsland. She has a Batchelor of Arts Journalism and a Minor in Photography.
Renee left The Age at the end of 2007 to have her first child and move back to her home town of Traralgon with her husband Travis to be closer to family. She now has three little girls. Renee has thoroughly enjoyed her time working with Peter, who has proven to be a very family friendly boss, and she loves the different challenges the job brings with it every day.She works together with Trish in assisting Peter to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people of Gippsland.