November 25, 2016
A dolphin native to Gippsland will grace the cover of this year’s #lovegippsland calendar being published and distributed by Federal Member Darren Chester.
An action shot by Peter Murrell, of Lakes Entrance, showing the Burrunan dolphin leaping through the water was deemed to be first prize in the 2017 calendar competition.
Mr Chester produces the calendar annually to promote destinations across Gippsland and encourage pride in the region.
Mr Chester said there were almost 200 high quality entries received this year and each entrant sent a brief caption explaining why they believed that photo best represented Gippsland.
Junior winner was Brianna McKenzie, aged 14 from Paynesville, who captured a resting bird on Raymond Island.
Thirteen photos have been selected to appear in the calendar ranging from Canni Creek Picnic Races, Loy Yang Power Station at night, the Wonnangatta River, Morwell River and Port Albert.
Both the junior and senior winners will receive accommodation to enjoy a weekend away in Gippsland. The prizes have been donated by Captain’s Cove Resort, in Paynesville, and Mallacoota Beachcomber Caravan Park.
“Paynesville and Mallacoota are two of many great holiday destinations across Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.
“School holidays and long weekends are an opportunity to explore the many attractions we have in our own backyard.
“And having stayed at both of the prize accommodation venues, I can also vouch for their quality service.”
Mr Chester encouraged locals to take their next holiday within Gippsland.
“Remember every dollar you spend locally creates jobs in our local region and more opportunities for young people,” he said.
“We live in one of the best regions in the world, with internationally recognised waterways, mountains, rivers, beaches and national parks.
“I think sometimes we take for granted how lucky we are to live in Gippsland and I hope this calendar can act as a reminder to locals to revisit some of our amazing locations this coming holiday season.”
Anyone who wants a copy of Mr Chester’s 2017 #lovegippsland calendar can contact his office on 1300 131 785 or email Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org.