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Thursday 03 November 2016

The second Regional Government House – held in Longreach from 26 October to 2 November 2016 – has formally concluded, with His Excellency declaring: “It has been a great privilege”.

During the week, the Governor and Mrs de Jersey were based in Longreach, and travelled more than 5,000 kilometres visiting 6 local government areas, 9 towns – including Jundah, Windorah, Muttaburra, Ilfracombe, Boulia, Winton, Bedourie, and Birdsville – and 10 schools, in total attending more than 50 individual program elements.

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His Excellency said, “I would rank, as enduring impressions, the universal friendliness and warmth of the people; their optimism… emerging from the throes of prolonged, crippling drought; the outstanding dedication of the civic leaders, led by the Mayors; and the encouraging regrowth in what was, for our last visit in June 2016, an absolutely parched landscape.”

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A highlight of the visit was the official opening of the Longreach Railway Station, 100 years to the day since operations began.

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His Excellency thanked Cr Ed Warren, Mayor of Longreach Regional Council, for the outstanding assistance provided by the Council during Regional Government House. The Governor also thanked the Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council, Cr Rob Chandler, the Mayor of Winton Shire Council, Cr Butch Lenton, the Mayor of Barcoo Shire Council, Cr Bruce Scott, the Mayor of Boulia Shire Council, Cr Rick Britton and the Mayor of Diamantina Shire Council, Cr Geoff Morton, for their assistance and support during the week.

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Image: The Governor with Cr Morton at a flowing Cooper Creek, outside Windorah, Central West Queensland. 

At the conclusion of Regional Government House, His Excellency said: “I will continue to uphold the welfare and progress of the people of Central and Western Queensland, and to do so with enthusiasm – and enormous respect.”

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Image: The Governor stopped by the Birdsville Bakery to sample an iconic camel pie.