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Monday 10 August 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, is heading west for a three-day tour of regional Queensland, visiting Birdsville, Winton and Longreach to support drought-affected communities and tourism.   

The Governor will travel more than 3,600 kilometres from Monday to Wednesday, visiting the three communities and undertaking 18 programme elements.

His Excellency will arrive in Birdsville on Monday, and visit the Birdsville State School (meeting all four students), visit local businesses, including the iconic Birdsville Hotel, observe sunset from the edge of the Simpson Desert, and host a community event.

In Winton, on Tuesday, the Governor will visit St Patrick’s Catholic School, host a community event, and visit some of the region’s major tourist drawcards including the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and the Winton Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum.

On Wednesday, the Governor will return to Longreach State School – which he attended as a child, tour the QANTAS Founders Museum in the airline’s centenary year, present former Mayors with Longreach Ambassador badges, and host a community event.

His Excellency will also receive briefings from the Diamantina Shire Council (named after the wife of Queensland’s first Governor, Diamantina, Lady Bowen), Winton Shire Council and Longreach Regional Council.

This is the third regional visit the Governor has undertaken since COVID-19 restrictions permitted intrastate travel in Queensland, having undertaken a three-day road trip up the Bruce Highway from Townsville to Cairns last weekend and a visit to South West Queensland in June.