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Monday 24 October 2016

Government House operations will be relocated from Fernberg – the official residence of Queensland Governors since 1910 – in Brisbane to Longreach for a week-long Regional Government House from 26 October 2016 until 2 November 2016.

During this time, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, with Mrs Kaye de Jersey, will fulfil his constitutional, ceremonial and community duties from Longreach.

The Longreach program follows the highly successful – and the State’s first ever – Regional Government House held in Cairns in October 2015. The Regional Government House initiative has been instigated during the current governorship to enable a level of regional engagement not able to be achieved through shorter visits.

The official program begins on Wednesday 26 October 2016, where the Governor and Mrs de Jersey will be welcomed to Longreach and briefed by the Mayor and representatives of Longreach Regional Council, before returning to the school at which His Excellency attended as a child, and at which his father was a teacher (Longreach State School), to address staff and students.

During the week, the Governor will undertake more than 50 program elements, including: addressing students live on air at the Longreach School of Distance Education; attending the centenary celebrations of the Longreach Railway Station; hosting a community reception at the QANTAS Founders Museum; visiting and addressing 10 schools; visiting a retirement village; receiving briefings from and meeting police and emergency services personnel; receiving briefings from representatives of six local governments; and visiting community organisations including the Queensland Country Women’s Association and Longreach Scouts.

The Governor and Mrs de Jersey will travel more than 5,000 kilometres during the week, using Longreach as a base while also visiting eight other towns including Jundah, Windorah, Muttaburra, Ilfracombe, Boulia, Winton, Bedourie, and Birdsville – where the Governor will watch the Melbourne Cup from the iconic Birdsville Hotel.  

Longreach Regional Government House by numbers:

6 – the number of local government areas visited

9 – the number of towns visited

10 – the number of schools visited

24 – the number of speaking opportunities

50 – more than 50 individual program elements

5,000 – the number of kilometres the Governor and Mrs de Jersey will travel