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WE are blessed to live in
the best region of the great-
est nation in the world and
2018 is stretching ahead of
us to write the next chapter
of our great nation’s story.
We should all aim to be
thankful, relentlessly positive
and hopeful about the year that
lies ahead, but we must also
be realistic. There are serious
social, economic and cultural
challenges facing our nation
that require urgent action.
As Australia Day approach-
es, we are reminded of our na-
tion’s history and its different
meaning for some Australians.
Some are engaging in de-
bate about the appropriateness
of national celebrations on
January 26: what we should
be celebrating, how we should
be celebrating and which flags
should be flown.
All this talk about symbol-
ism doesn’t mean as much as
meaningful, considered action.
What is needed to address
the injustices of the past and
the inequality still experienced
today is practical action to im-
prove education, health and job
Australia Day should be a
day that unites all Australians,
including Aboriginal and Tor-
res Strait Islanders.
I strongly believe we need
to make a real difference in the
lives of Aboriginal Australians
is right here in Gippsland: you
don’t need to travel to the out-
back or rural or remote commu-
nities in the north to see it.
Aboriginal people here are
struggling to make ends meet
and get ahead.
We need to focus on early
childhood development, school-
ing, health, economic participa-
tion, healthy homes, safe com-
munities and governance and
leadership from Canberra and
from Aboriginal communities
We need to get the kids to
school. We need to give them a
good, healthy start in life so that
they are ready to learn when
they get to school.
We need to help Aboriginal
kids and their families to value
an education, so that at the end
of their education or training they
can get a real job and they can be
There is always work to be
done and improvements to be
made, but I intend to be as posi-
tive as possible as I work with
all levels of government and the
community to deliver for our
region in the year ahead.
For my part, after a peace-
ful summer break with fam-
ily and friends, I’m feeling in-
vigorated and keen to meet the
challenges that lie ahead in the
As we look ahead to the year
before us, let’s not get caught
up in debates about flags, dates
and symbols. Let’s continue to
create the country we all want
and help our mates who need
a helping hand.
That’s what being Austra-
lian means to me.
And that’s what I’ll be cel-
ebrating on Australia Day.
PROMONTORY Home Produce and Craft
Market is on this Sunday at the Foster Show-
grounds. Gates open at 8am till 12 noon.
VOTING in the Central Gippsland People’s
Choice Award is open now. To vote go to www.
centralgippsland.com.au and vote for your
favourite tourism business or event. Voting
closes March 9.
TWICE Blessed Op Shop is having a half
priced sale until the end of January. Their furni-
ture shop will be open from 9am till 12 noon on
Thursday, January 25 at the Holy Trinity Angli-
can Church hall for anyone looking for some new
• Federal Member for
Darren Chester’s Australia Day message
HUNDREDS of people
converged on Woodside
Beach to get some relief
from the heat last week
as the mercury climbed
to 35 degrees on Thurs-
day and 39.8 on Friday.
With the temperature
warming up again this week-
end the volunteer life guards
at Woodside Beach are pre-
paring for a busy weekend.
“The temperature is ex-
pected to climb back up to
33 on Australia Day and then
continue climbing to 37 on
Saturday and 39 on Sunday.
Our volunteer life guards will
be on duty for the long week-
end,” Woodside Beach Surf
Life Saving Club president
Anthony Banik said.
Woodside beach beats the heat
Family: Heather Ireland and grandson Gilbert Fuller travelled from Sale to escape the heat
and cool off at Woodside beach last Friday.
Looking out: Woodside Beach is patrolled every day during
the summer. Life guards Jamieson Chester and Lewis Hender-
son from Lakes Entrance are employed by Life Saving Victoria
to keep the beach safe during the week while at the weekend
the Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club volunteers look
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