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Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Queensland drought will be a key focus when His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC visits Winton and Longreach this week.

The two-day tour will begin on 1 November, and will include briefings with both councils and visits to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Longreach Scout Group and Longreach State School, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The Governor will also inspect drought relief infrastructure at a property about 35km south of Longreach, and will host a luncheon in recognition of local drought relief efforts.

His Excellency said he was looking forward to returning to the region for the first time since 2016.

“Visiting Longreach is always somewhat of a homecoming for me – I spent time living there as a child and attended Longreach State School,” His Excellency said.

“While our State’s ongoing drought is undoubtedly a major talking point, I am always inspired by our Queensland spirit of unshakable optimism and resilience.

“Communities like Winton and Longreach make important contributions to the advancement of our State, and as Governor it is wonderful to be afforded the opportunity to acknowledge them.”

His Excellency has already made more than 50 visits to regional Queensland communities this year, including Townsville, Cloncurry, Thargomindah, Quilpie, Dalby, Charters Towers and Roma.

In August the Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey visited Cairns, Georgetown, Palm Island, Weipa, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Blackall as part of Regional Government House.