On yer bike pollies

FEDERAL Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will ride through Gippsland next week as part of his annual Pollie Pedal bike ride for charity.

At the official launch of Pollie Pedal in Canberra, Mr Abbott confirmed the route would include overnight stays in Warragul, Sale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost.

The Pollie Pedal will be in Warragul on Monday before travelling through Gippsland to Canberra over the following five days.

It will arrive in Sale on Tuesday, with Mr Abbott to front a community forum at Sale Memorial Hall.

The forum will be open to the public, but anyone wishing to attend must register first by phoning Gippsland MHR Darren Chester’s office on 5174 1341 or email jenny.graham@aph.gov.au

Mr Chester will participate in the local leg of the ride and assist in raising money for Carers Australia.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Tony and his team to Gippsland and we’ll have the opportunity to showcase some of the region’s businesses and natural attractions,” Mr Chester said.

“Carers Australia is a very worthy cause and Tony will meet with local carers and people with disabilities during the ride through Gippsland.”

Since starting the annual event 10 years ago, Pollie Pedal riders and supporters have raised more than $2 million for charity.