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Monday 30 August 2021
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO, Governor of Queensland will undertake vice-regal duties from Charters Towers from Monday 30 August to Friday 3 September 2021 for the seventh Regional Government House programme.
The essence of Regional Government House is to conduct Government House operations from a regional centre, and replicate so far as possible in the regional centre what would otherwise happen in the capital.
Using Charters Towers as a base, His Excellency will also visit Julia Creek and Croydon, travelling more than 4,100 kilometres throughout the week.
The Governor will undertake at least 33 programme elements, including receiving a briefing from local government representatives, visiting three local schools, visiting and meeting emergency services personnel, hosting community receptions, presiding at a meeting of the Executive Council of Queensland from Croydon, meeting business owners and visiting community organisations.
This is the seventh Regional Government House undertaken by the Governor, following successful programmes based in Cairns (2015), Longreach (2016), Mackay (2017), Cairns and Weipa (2018), Mount Isa (2019) and Gladstone (2020).
Regional Government House is one of two initiatives introduced by His Excellency to increase opportunities for Queenslanders to interact with their Governor – the other was introducing vice-regal use of social media to Australia.
His Excellency was sworn in as Queensland’s 26th Governor on 29 July 2014 for an initial five-year term, and fulfils important constitutional, ceremonial and community duties. The Governor’s term will end on 1 November 2021, when Dr Jeannette Young PSM becomes the third medical doctor to be sworn in as Queensland Governor.