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H O L I D A Y WIN V O U C H E R S EDITION 8 | August 2021 PRINTED PUBLISHED & PRODUCED LOCALLY T he soothing sounds of one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Paul Kelly, will indulge East Gippslanders during August (pending COVID restrictions). As part of bushfire recovery, Kelly was originally scheduled to play shows in the region during early 2020, however COVID derailed these plans. Now, the singer-songwriter will make his long-awaited return, playing two shows - August 17 in Buchan and August 18 in Mallacoota - two towns which suffered tremendously during the Black Summer Bushfires. The State Government organised event is aimed at locals most impacted by bushfires, drought and the pandemic as part of the government’s Recharge program, designed to provide time out to farmers, their families and other members of the community who have struggled with extreme weather conditions in recent years. “We know how challenging the past few years have been for the East Gippsland community. The Recharge Program is just one way that the community can take a well-deserved break, providing them much- needed respite from recent devastating events,”Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas, said. “The last few years have been particularly tough for the East Gippsland community, with the prolonged drought followed by the Black Summer bushfires. For affected residents to get some relief is important for health and wellbeing and the Recharge program has been a great support for these families,” East Gippsland Shire Council mayor, Cr Mendy Urie, said. The government established Recharge in 2019, backed by $750,000, in response to severe drought conditions across eastern Victoria, before expanding the program following the summer bushfires of late 2019 and early 2020. Tickets are normally limited to participants identified through local Primary Healthcare Partnerships programs. However, in addition to eligible participants, members of the community will have a chance to attend the concert. Kelly is most famous for hits When I First Met Your Ma, From St Kilda to Kings Cross, Deeper Water and How to Make Gravy. Locals to recharge withPaul Kelly