I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the residents of East Gippsland a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The Christmas holiday period is a great time to reconnect with your family and friends and share in and create many special memories. It is also a great time to recharge the batteries and what better place to do it in than East Gippsland.
However you choose to spend your holiday season, whether it be boating on the Gippsland Lakes, fishing off Lakes Entrance, camping in our National Parks or heading to one of our many beautiful mountain regions like Omeo or the Snowy River region, please look out for one another and stay safe.
If you are travelling away from the region to visit family and friends or holiday, take care on the roads, be patient and give yourself plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination.
It is also worth remembering, this time of year can bring sadness to some through loneliness, loss of a loved one during the year or another reason. If you have someone close who may be going through this, try and spare them some time.
On behalf of my wife Kim and children Daniel, Lachlan and Nikita, I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas, and a bright and prosperous New Year, which I hope brings happiness and good health.