Thursday 10 August 2017
Mr McCURDY (Ovens Valley) Over the winter recess, as shadow Minister for Veterans I accompanied the members for East Gippsland and Narracan and walked the Kokoda Track.
We completed the 120 kilometres of walking trail in honour of Australian veterans, with this year marking the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda conflict.
We went the same way as the Aussie diggers, walking from Owers Corner to Kokoda.
I wore my poppy every day, and it was a reminder every step of the way of the sacrifices made by the Australian troops.
Brigade Hill and the Isurava memorial are two places that I will never forget. My oldest daughter, Danielle, completed the walk with me and was my shining light for the difficult trek.