The Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club 2017 ‘Cairns Amateurs’ Annual Ball
Mayor, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I at once acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands around Cairns, expressing respect to Elders, past and present.
There are two aspects of the magnificent Cairns and Queensland institution which is the ‘Cairns Amateurs’ which Kaye and I find particularly appealing.
The first is its rich historical traditions, including of vice-regal patronage, which began with Sir Henry Abel Smith and Lady May’s attendance at the inaugural event in 1959.
The second appealing aspect for us is the event’s celebratory mission, which reaches its apogee at tonight’s centrepiece Ball.
People are attracted to the ‘Cairns Amateurs’ for any number of reasons – for the vibrant fashion, for the conviviality associated with forming and reaffirming long-standing friendships!
And then of course there are the races themselves, bringing together city and country in one of the nation’s premier spring horse racing carnivals.
The truth is, Kaye and I love coming to this event, we love meeting so many of our northern-based co-citizens, and we love seeing Cairns at its sparkling, brilliant best!
I thank the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club, led by our President, Mr Delaney, the sponsors, and all of you, enthusiastic Amateur-goers, for your support of this magnificent event.
In this celebratory spirit, and as your Governor, it is my great pleasure to now invite you, ladies and gentlemen, to raise your glasses, and join with me in toasting: “the Cairns Amateurs”.