Octogenarian set to walk 82ks for Yes campaign for ATSI voice

Margaret Landbeck who is 82 will be walking 82kms along the coastal pathway from Peregian to Bells Creek across four days from July 5 to raise awareness for the Yes campaign for the Voice to Parliament. Photo: Contributed  

IN AN act of fitness and solidarity with those campaigning for the Yes Vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum, 82-year-old Margaret Landbeck will be walking 82km from Peregian Beach to Bells Creek in Caloundra from Wednesday, July 5 to Saturday, July 8. 

Trekking along the beautiful coastal pathway, Margaret who is a supporter of the Yes campaign said it was something she felt compelled to do. 

“As an 82-year-old non-indigenous woman, I have decided to play my part in promoting the Yes vote by walking the 82km of the Coastal Pathway.” 

Margaret’s walk will start at 8.00am on Wednesday, July 5 with a small ceremony accompanied by well wishes at Peregian Beach, and from there Margaret will be supported along the way by various groups of walkers either walking from beach to beach or a much longer part of the journey.  

Margaret and her troop of enthusiastic supporters will be cheered home four days later at 1.00pm on Saturday, July 8 at Bells Creek Caloundra with a celebration led by State Member for Caloundra Mr Jason Hunt MP. 

“The walk may be novel, but it is an effective way to meet people who may be interested in developing their thoughts ahead of this important vote and I will also distribute supportive campaign brochures in the various beachside community centres,” Margaret said. 

“I have arranged ‘meet and greet’ points at beachside community parks for chats with supporters and locals as I pass through.” 

Margaret has a small keen support group who are working on the practical arrangements, and she said that she would love the company of as many walkers as possible as she treads the pathway over the four days in July.   

“I hope to gather strong support from community groups and younger people to join me on some sections of the walk and together we can walk for ‘YES’.”  

You can keep up to date on Margaret’s movements by visiting her Facebook page by searching in Facebook – Walk for the Voice- Sunshine Coast.  

Margaret will be in our region at the following times –  

Wednesday, July 5: Peregian Beach Park Start of walk 8am-8.30am; Coolum Beach 9.45am; Marcoola 2.30pm; Mudjimba 3.15pm; Twin Waters Novotel Entry 4.00pm.  

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