WHAT does Gippsland have that the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef and even Uluru don’t have?

The answer is a prized spot on the customised Australian Community Relief Edition of Monopoly launched today.

And Gippsland has the most highly-prized spot of all – the position held by Mayfair on the traditional board, making our region the highest priced property at $400.

The special version of the popular game showcases some of the regions of Australia that were severely impacted by disasters including bushfires, floods and COVID-19 this year and highlights the community spirit and strength of the chosen locations.

A donation of $5 per game will be donated directly to The Australian Red Cross.

Charlotte Waalkens, a spokesperson from Winning Moves Australia, the company licensed to make custom Monopoly boards, said they wanted to provide Australians with something positive and to highlight “how incredible our backyard is, whilst also supporting Australians in need”.

“The communities chosen have all gone through a tough time for one reason or another as everyone has in 2020 and we thought they deserved something special to remind everyone how incredible they are, and help inject some positive spirit through the Australian Community Relief MONOPOLY game,” Ms Waalkens said.

“Choosing which locations to put on the board was unbelievably difficult, as there are so many phenomenal places to choose from in Australia, and we wanted to showcase places above and beyond the usual cities or hotspots.”

Gippsland and Mildura were the only Victorian locations chosen and they take the traditional positions of Mayfair and Parklane.