Tim to share Kokoda Track ex­pe­ri­ence

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Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim Mc­Curdy will re­count his ex­pe­ri­ence of walk­ing the Kokoda Track at a pre­sen­ta­tion in Yar­ra­wonga next Wed­nes­day, April 18.

Tim and his daugh­ter Danielle com­pleted the trek last year and will share their story of the phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional chal­lenge of com­plet­ing the 120km trail.

“I com­pleted the trail in hon­our of Aus­tralian vet­er­ans with last year mark­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the Kokoda con­flict,” Mr Mc­Curdy said.

“Danielle and I look for­ward to shar­ing our ex­pe­ri­ence and giv­ing peo­ple an in­sight in to the con­di­tions faced by Aus­tralian troops.

“This pre­sen­ta­tion will be in­valu­able to those con­sid­er­ing walk­ing Kokoda them­selves or are in­ter­ested in the his­tory of Aus­tralian vet­er­ans at Kokoda.”

Mr Mc­Curdy has de­scribed the eight-day trek as the tough­est ex­pe­ri­ence of his life.

“There was no easy sec­tions on the track, it was steep up and steep down.

The down­hill sec­tions were not a rest, they were dif­fi­cult and slip­pery,” he said.

“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 Aus­tralian troops.”

The pre­sen­ta­tion will be held on Wed­nes­day, April 18 at Burkes Ho­tel, Yar­ra­wonga at 7pm. Gold coin do­na­tion to the RSL is ap­pre­ci­ated.

For fur­ther de­tails or to RSVP con­tact 5721 6155 or email tim.mc­curdy@par­lia­ment.vic. gov.au. dette Ros­alie Cooper were both liv­ing in Mul­wala when they each at­tended the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall Pic­ture The­atre with friends where they laid eyes on each other and the spark was ig­nited.

Jack worked a mail run in the lo­cal area while Claudette worked at a lo­cal hab­er­dash­ery shop in Yar­ra­wonga where the Com­mon­wealth Bank now is.

Af­ter a cou­ple years of courtship the cou­ple were mar­ried at St Cuth­berts Angli­can Church in Yar­ra­wonga on April 15, 1961.

They have lived in Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala all their mar­ried life where they also raised their four chil­dren- Dei­dre Poll, Ross, Ja­nis and Rod McMil­lan and in 1990 the cou­ple started the pot-et-fleur gar­den cen­tre where they worked to­gether un­til they re­tired.

When asked what the key to a happy and long mar­riage is both agreed that strong fam­ily bonds help with the ups and downs as well as lov­ing and look­ing af­ter each other.

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter, Dei­dre said she was proud of her par­ents achieve­ment and that she had a mes­sage for her par­ents from the whole fam­ily.

“Happy 57th an­niver­sary from your lov­ing fam­ily. We all love you both and hope to many more an­niver­saries to come.”

Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy and his daugh­ter Danielle will share their ex­pe­ri­ence of walk­ing the Kokoda Track at a pre­sen­ta­tion in Yar­ra­wonga next Wed­nes­day.

Jack and Claudette McMil­lan on their wed­ding day fifty-seven years ago.

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