LONE PINES PROJECT

Mr D O’BRIEN: It was an honour to take part in recent ceremonies to deliver seedlings to 100 local schools as part of the Lone Pines project. Lone Pine trees cultivated from the seeds of direct descendants of the World War I Lone Pine in Gallipoli were delivered to several local primary schools in Gippsland South. The Lone Pine was a solitary tree on the Gallipoli peninsula which marked the site of the start of an Anzac assault in August 1915. Congratulations to chairman of Friends of Gallipoli, Dr John Basarin OAM, for this wonderful initiative, which not only is about remembrance but also reminds us of the friendship that subsequently developed between Australia and Turkey.

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