Thursday 21st April, 2022
Author:   Bianca Bassett

East Gippsland Field Days began in 1986. The first two events were held on Trevor and Judy Richardson’s property 2km west of Lindenow. Following years of continued growth of the event, a more permanent site was sought, and the Lindenow Lions Club worked with the East Gippsland Shire to secure a site at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome.
Many Lindenow and District schools, sporting clubs and the Lioness Club work with the Lions to make this a premier event in East Gippsland. All proceeds are used within the local communities.
Over the years the event has continued to grow at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome site, and this year was no acceptation with around 300 exhibiters and a crowd of thousands. The Field Days delivered yet another incredible event for the community of East Gippsland and beyond. Some of the activities this year included Playful Paws and their very popular therapy dogs, Evans Petroliam Gippsland BMX show, East Gippsland Landcare and Gippsland Lakes Complete Health Wellness team. The crowd was entertained by many local performers including Bairnsdale Secondary College Band, Todd Cook and Mike Elrington.
The very first sold out community breakfast hosted guest speaker, Jacqui Cooper. Jacquie has represented Australia in the sport of Aerial Skiing for 20 years. Her career started in 1989 at Mt Buller when she was recruited by Geoff Lipshut. Within three years she was representing Australia at the World championships. By the end of her successful career, Jacquie had five World Titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins, and three major World Championship medals. She became the first person to represent Australia at five Olympics. With her long list of achievements, it’s clear Jacqui is one of the greatest sports people that have represented Australia.
Jacqui wow’d the Crowd with her inspiring and tenacious attitude with a splash of humour. She talked about her experience as a triplet and how she grew up with enormous energy and the natural drive to always achieve. It was clear that her ‘never give up’ attitude was a key driver for all her success.
The Connect Well Team joined other programs with Gippsland Lakes Complete Health to form the ‘Wellness Hub’. Many people came to learn about some of heath programs including sexual health, NDIS, Physio, and Bush Fire Recovery that are on offer. It was an opportunity for people living in East Gippsland to seek assistance, find out the latest heath information and to relax and have a chat with one of the health professionals on site.
As the sun shone, people strolled through the site. Locals were able to get out, connect with their communities and learn about new products and services that East Gippsland has to offer for 2022. Congratulations East Gippsland Field Days on another fabulous event!