I would like to extend my warmest Christmas wishes to the many great communities of Gippsland and the wonderful people who live within them.
As I travel throughout Gippsland in my role as the Member for Gippsland South, I am always impressed by the strong community spirit and generosity of those who live here, and this is never more apparent than at this time of year.
Christmas allows us an opportunity to give back to those we care about. That may be a simple thanks or by giving gifts to our mother, father, brothers, sisters, friends, work colleagues, boss or employees.
We can also give back by donating to charity, supporting the sick or the needy, or perhaps by volunteering with a charity or donating money, food, or clothing. The Christmas period gives us all the chance to step back and acknowledge the good things in our lives, while giving us the opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and to look forward to the next year.
Whether it is a barbecue in the back yard, a picnic next to the beautiful Gippsland Lakes, a hike at Wilsons Promontory, enjoying some seafood along our magnificent coastline or travelling to Melbourne for lunch with relatives, everyone’s Christmas is unique and should be celebrated accordingly.
The festive season is about spending time with the people we love, but it also a time where we all need to extremely careful when travelling our roads.
I encourage all motorists to take care, think of others and make sure they arrive at their destination safely.
If you are driving, be sure that you observe the rules of the road and remember it is better to arrive a few minutes late than not at all.
Merry Christmas Gippsland.
Peter Ryan, Member for Gippsland South.