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Thursday 14 May 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, AC, has today released a message of support for the people of Ipswich, following a teleconference with the newly elected Mayor, Teresa Harding:

I spoke this afternoon via teleconference with Mayor Teresa Harding, extending all good wishes to the people of Ipswich. What an honour to greet your first female Mayor!

I memorably opened the 142nd Ipswich Annual Show in 2015. What a shame this vibrant expression of community life cannot happen again this year.

I have a great personal affection for Ipswich. My Mother was born here, and I attended the Ipswich Central Boys School, where my Father was the Head.

I look forward very much to re-visiting your great City – the first provincial government to be gazetted outside Brisbane. I have visited 10 times as Governor: hasten the 11th!

My warmest best wishes to the people of Ipswich.