Jimbour State School 150th Anniversary
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor, Councillor Paul McVeigh;
President of the Jimbour State School 150 Celebrations, Mr Neil McVeigh; Jimbour State School Principal, Mr Nathan Taylor; Darling Downs Southwest Region School Supervisor, Ms Meaghan Rodgers;
Custodian of Jimbour House, Mr David Russell AM RFD KC; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
I begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the lands around Jimbour, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people here today.
Graeme and I are delighted to be making our third visit to the Western Downs region since I was sworn in as Governor almost two years ago.
In that time, we have been warmly welcomed wherever we have travelled in this vast State, and have been inspired by our fellow Queenslanders and by their efforts to create and sustain strong, cohesive communities.
Jimbour State School is a superb example of that effort and of what is possible when a community draws together in support of a common goal and refuses to abandon an ideal.
As many of you will know, Jimbour Provisional School Number 128 almost didn’t survive its first 60 years, having closed and re-opened on several occasions between 1873 when it was established in the Chapel at Jimbour, and its final re-opening in 1931.
But, thanks to the determination and persistence of this community, Jimbour State School has endured, and I congratulate everyone concerned on ensuring its continued operation and success despite the many challenges faced over the past 150 years.
I also congratulate the Principal, Mr Nathan Taylor, and the 150th anniversary celebrations committee, led by Mr Neil McVeigh, on the collaboration, thorough planning and sheer hard work that have brought this marvellous celebration to fruition today.
Milestone celebrations are obviously something this school and this community does exceptionally well, and I was delighted to learn that the films made to commemorate the 100th and the 125th anniversaries of the school have been included in the displays today, as well as the magnificent Jimbour Tractor which amazed the people of this district when it first steamed its way into local history in 1913.
It has been a genuine pleasure for Graeme and me to be part of this special celebration, and we are very much looking forward to touring the school and the grounds to explore the displays.
I am also honoured to unveil the mural that has been created as part of this celebration. It will ensure that this special day is remembered by future generations of students, teachers, and parents, and by the community that made this school possible and has supported it for 150 years.