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April 26th, 2017 | Latest Speeches

*** check against delivery *** On this day, we pause and quietly reflect on those who have served this nation in war and in peace, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives in the hope of a free and more just world. As we gather in […]

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April 24th, 2017 | Latest Speeches

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY I am delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Doncaster-Templestowe Historical Society. Doncaster-Templestowe was the location of some of the earliest settlements in what is now greater Melbourne, although at the time a farming area a few hours by horse and buggy from the city. I […]

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April 10th, 2017 | Blog Latest

t is overcast but pleasant for the start of the final day of Pollie Pedal for 2017. The overnight rain has passed, promising reasonable weather for our 100 kilometre journey through Sydney to our final destination at North Head. Joining us for the final day is Andrew Wallace, the Member […]

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April 9th, 2017 | Blog Latest

Today was a Pollie Pedal rest day. Apart from the climb over Razorback Ridge, we had a relatively leisurely 65 kilometre ‘coffee shop’ ride from Mittagong to Camden. It was mostly downhill from the edge of the Southern Highlands to the outskirts of Sydney. Last night, some of our sponsors […]

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April 8th, 2017 | Blog Latest | Tags:

We awoke to thick fog in Goulburn for the start of day 6 of Pollie Pedal, a 120 kilometre cycle to Mittagong. Following breakfast in the municipal park, we were soon riding out of town, led by four young cyclists from the Goulburn Cycling Club. Luke Gosling, the Member for […]

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April 7th, 2017 | Blog Latest | Tags:

The sight of the communications tower on Black Mountain was a welcome relief for the peloton as we approached the national capital after a fast 120 kilometre cycle from Cooma. Along the way, we stopped to visit the Bredbo primary school and its nine pupils. Coming into Canberra, a group […]

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April 6th, 2017 | Latest

After a long day in the saddle, Cooma was a welcome sight last night. Explored in the 1820s, it is the home of the Snowy Mountains Scheme and a gateway to the alps. The Pollie Pedal peloton climbed from our overnight stop in Talbingo to the highest point of the […]

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April 5th, 2017 | Blog Latest | Tags:

  Many of the towns we visit on Pollie Pedal have a connection to federation. Our starting point, Albury, was an early selection for the national capital. Under the agreement between Victoria and New South Wales, the capital was to be in the latter state, but more than 100 miles […]

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April 4th, 2017 | Blog Latest | Tags:

  Wagga has a strong association with the Australian Defence Forces. Recruits to the army, whether regular or reserve, have undertaken their initial training at Kapooka, a few kilometres to the west of the town, for many years. To the east is the Air Force establishment at Forest Hill. Our […]

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April 3rd, 2017 | Blog Latest | Tags:

    It is a pleasant Autumn morning in Albury, the large inland city on the Murray River, where cyclists and support staff gathered on Sunday afternoon for the 20th Pollie Pedal. Over the next eight days, the group of 40 – 50 cyclists will ride 1,000 kilometres from Albury […]

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