Office of the Governor Alumni Morning Tea
Good morning and welcome to you all, current and former staff of the Office of the Governor.
Graeme and I are very pleased you could join us this morning for our annual Alumni morning tea.
I respectfully acknowledge the original custodians of the lands around Brisbane, the Turrbal and Jagera people, and pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging.
When I look around, I see so many familiar faces; those of you whose roles intersect with my duties as Governor on a regular basis and some whom I’ve perhaps not worked with directly, or as closely, but have equally contributed to helping this Office achieve its purpose to support and uplift the people of Queensland.
Regardless of whether we see each other daily, weekly, or only on ‘special’ occasions, I want you to know that Graeme and I deeply value the contribution of each and every one of you.
Especially over the past year, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the Proclamation and Coronation of King Charles III.
There is no modern precedent for a change of Monarch, yet when called upon, you rose to the challenge and didn’t miss a beat.
And Graeme and I drew strength and confidence from the calm, dignified and gracious manner with which you worked and interacted with each other and the public.
If that were the only event you had to seamlessly manage in a year it would be entirely commendable.
However, the work of Government House continued unabated, with the usual full program of events to manage; ceremonial, constitutional and patronage obligations to fulfil; civic duties to uphold; tours, bushwalks and Open Days to host; receptions and dinners to cater for; a Heritage-listed Estate to maintain; and wildlife to protect.
We also had numerous regional trips to organise and undertake.
Certainly, working at Government House is an experience like no other.
And I hope you’ll agree there is something wonderful and uplifting about coming to work here each day to honour and celebrate those who contribute so much and so selflessly to society.
On occasions such as Investiture Ceremonies, I am fortunate to be able to show my appreciation and offer my congratulations very visibly.
But whether you shake someone’s hand and say thank you, or simply perform your tasks with the formality, efficiency and friendliness for which Government House is renowned, you are honouring our many deserving guests and visitors.
I am proud to be part of a team of dedicated professionals who work together to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of others. The extent of community goodwill and positivity that flows from this cannot be overstated.
The next six months will no doubt bring many more challenges, many more uplifting moments and many more occasions to plan and prepare for, including an extended visit to Cape York in July.
It is with a view to the future that I am today planting a sapling in honour of the Coronation of King Charles III.
It will take time to grow into a mighty tree, just as your collective efforts over the years mature into a legacy that we can all take pride in.
Thank you for visiting, please stay in touch, and know that your proud legacy is in good hands.