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Buchan and Mallacoota to ‘Recharge’ with celebrated musician Paul Kelly

Aussie music legend Paul Kelly will perform in East Gippsland next month to help the region ‘recharge’ after a difficult few years.

Between drought, bushfire and the pandemic, few regions in Victoria know struggle like East Gippsland.

The ARIA Hall of Fame singer and songwriter will perform shows in Buchan and Mallacoota as part of the state 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.

The government established Recharge in 2019, in response to severe drought conditions across eastern Victoria, before expanding the program following the summer bushfires of late 2019 and early 2020.

“The last few years have been particularly tough for the East Gippsland community, with the prolonged drought followed by the Black Summer bushfires,” said East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Mendy Urie.

“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.”

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. It should be noted though that the shows are strictly for locals only and IDs will be checked at the gate.

DETAILS OF THE SHOWS (available so far)

Show 1: Buchan – 17 August 2021
Venue: Buchan Recreation Reserve

Show 2: Mallacoota – 18 August 2021
Venue: The Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion / Mallacoota Recreation Oval

The times for both shows are still being arranged but they will be at a family-friendly time, probably early evening.

The Premier’s office told Gippsland Goodness, information will be sent to residents in Buchan and Mallacoota, which will include links to online registrations. Eventbrite registration details will be released four weeks before the shows. Although the shows are free to attend, bookings are required due to Covid and for planning purposes. No tickets will be available at the gate.

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