Vice-Regal couple visit Far North Queensland
The Vice-Regal couple travelled to Far North Queensland on 17 - 21 June, visiting Cooktown, Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal, marking Her Excellency’s first official visit to the region as the 27th Governor of Queensland.
The Governor and Professor Nimmo took part in a range of Cooktown Discovery Festival activities and events, including attending the Captain Cook’s Landing Re-enactment, featuring the interactions between Cook and his crew and the people of the Waalmbal Birri (Endeavour River) region 252 years ago.
Other highlights of the busy Festival program included the Banks Banquet Dinner, a morning tea at the QCWA Café to support the fundraising efforts of the QCWA Cooktown Branch, Regional Street Parade, Queensland Ballet workshop, open air combined church service, and Sunset Soiree along the waterfront.
While visiting the region, the Vice-Regal couple also toured the Cooktown Museum, Cooktown Botanic Gardens and the Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service facility, where they met with healthcare workers and patients.
Following a busy weekend of Festival engagements, Her Excellency and Professor Nimmo travelled to Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire on Monday, with the Governor receiving briefings from the respective Councils.
The Vice-Regal couple visited local schools, the Hope Vale Campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy and Bloomfield River State School, meeting with staff and students and reading Government House publication, ‘A Place for all Queenslanders’ to the school children.
Their visit also incorporated tours of local healthcare facilities, the Hope Vale Primary Health Care Centre and Wujal Wujal Primary Health Care Centre as part of the Governor’s commitment to visiting every State hospital and health service over the course of her term.