|A final briefing for Pollie Pedal participants as they prepared|
to set off from New Norfolk this morning.
Now in its 12th year, Diabetes Tasmania’s Pollie Pedal helps to increase awareness of diabetes in local communities, raises funds to support people living with and at risk of diabetes, and helps to reduce the impact of diabetes on all Tasmanians.
The event is designed for cyclists seeking a challenging ride through the beautiful Tasmanian landscape and all funds stay in Tasmania to support Tasmanians. State Lyons MHA Guy Barnett is a long-time participant in the event and this year was joined by fellow Lyons MHA Mark Shelton and state Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin along with a host of non-Pollie pedallers.
This year's course was a new one, leaving Hadspen and travelling down to the Great Lake Hotel via Longford, Cressy and Poatina. On Saturday the cyclists pedalled through the Highland Lakes area, into the Steppes State Reserve and then a lunch stop at Bothwell before travelling into the Derwent Valley to end the day at New Norfolk. A barbecue tea was held at Tynwald Park in the evening.
|Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner was front and centre among the Pollie Pedal|
participants as they prepared to set off from New Norfolk this morning.
The day started with an early-morning tour of Willow Court to learn a little of the convict history of the site, as well as a sneak peek of Rodney Dunn's restaurant development.
After a final briefing, the riders set off for Hobart via the Lyell Hwy. The ride finished in the grounds of Government House.