Mateship trek is a biannual event which brings together young people from different walks of life for a journey through a part of Australia's military history. The aim of Mateship Trek is to create understanding between different groups of young people - and also ensure that the feats of our soldiers are not forgotten.
Mateship Trek is also a bi-partisan initiative. Jason Clare and his parliamentary colleague, Scott Morrison, organised the first mateship trek to Kokoda in 2009. They followed this up by organising a Trek to Sandakan in 2011 with Independent MP, Rob Oakeshott.
In 2013 they retraced the WW2 battle that occurred along the 'Black Cat' track in Northern PNG.
To mark the Centenary of World War I, the 2015 Mateship Trek retraced the footsteps of Australian diggers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.
In 2015, to mark the Centenary of World War I, Mateship Trek retraced the footsteps of Australian diggers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. The Trek took place in January 2015 and concluded on Australia Day at Anzac Cove with a commemorative service at dawn. Here more than 1,000 Australians are laid to rest at several burial sites while a further 3,286 Australians are buried in unmarked graves.
In 2013, the Mateship Trek returned to Papua New Guinea, this time to walk the Black Cat Track. Here in 1943, a series of bloody battles were waged and although not as well known as Kokoda, the 'Black Cat' campaigns were some of the most important fought by Australian forces in WW2. Mateship Trek 2013 commemorated the 70th Anniversary of these campaigns between Wau and Salamaua.
In the lead up to Anzac Day 2011, Jason, Liberal MP Scott Morrison, Independent MP Rob Oakeshott and a group of young people from Bankstown, Cronulla and Port Macquarie set off on the Sandakan Track. They retraced the footsteps of more than 1,000 prisoners of war who were marched more than 200km from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. Only 6 Australians survived. It was the worst atrocity in Australia's military history.
On Anzac Day, 2009, Jason, Scott and 8 young people from their electorates set off along the Kokoda Trail. Over 6 difficult days, these young people from the beaches of Cronulla and the streets of Bankstown learnt a lot about each other - and about an important part of Australia's history.