House debates

Tuesday, 30 November 2021


Gippsland Electorate

7:45 pm

Photo of Darren ChesterDarren Chester (Gippsland, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

The interjections are disorderly, Mr Speaker! I remind my colleagues that Gippsland is the only place you would want to live. One thing as a member of parliament, though, I'd advise my colleagues is that running a photographic competition is a great way to lose friends because you get so many amazing entries and you get to choose only 13 winners.

On a more serious note, the calendar is intended to promote Gippsland in all its diversity and all its attractions and encourage people to take a break in our region. As we recover from the combined impacts of drought, bushfires and coronavirus, we want our visitor economy to go well this summer. I know that the member for Jagajaga, who has visited the Gippsland Lakes and loves it enormously, will be down to visit Gippsland at her earliest possible convenience.

On a lighter note, I think we need to start with the cover. Hansard won't do this full justice. It is of fairy wrens and was taken by Sarah. If you take a close look, Mr Speaker—and I will give you 20 or 30 copies!—you will see the middle child is really grumpy about missing out on a worm. When we get to January, we are looking at the sea caves at Secret Beach. It's not really a secret because it is actually just out of Mallacoota and we want as many people as possible to visit.

When we flip over to February, we are into the beautiful Mitchell River area of Lindenow. As you know, Mr Speaker, Gippsland produces the greatest agricultural products in the land; it's very important that we reflect that in the February month.


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