Gov­er­nor shown the ‘new’ Pil­bara

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Gov­er­nor of West­ern Aus­tralia Kerry San­der­son vis­ited a long list of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools on a whirl­wind tour of Pil­bara last week.

The State’s first fe­male gov­er­nor, who spent five days in Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne and Port Hed­land hosted by the Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, said she wanted to learn about on-the­ground de­vel­op­ments in a re­gion she had had a lot to do with over the years in her po­si­tions on the Dampier and Fre­man­tle port au­thor­i­ties and on var­i­ous boards and com­mit­tees.

“I wanted to come and visit and learn more about what was hap­pen­ing in the re­gion from the peo­ple, but also to con­grat­u­late those who are work­ing in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly in vol­un­tary ca­pac­i­ties or in ed­u­ca­tion or health, be­cause all of that is what holds a com­mu­nity to­gether,” she said. “I also was very in­ter­ested in the plans for Kar­ratha — I was on the port­fo­lio with LandCorp ... so I was re­ally thrilled to be able to see what Kar­ratha had be­come with the plans that I saw on pa­per.”

The Gov­er­nor said she was im­pressed by how cos­mopoli­tan Kar­ratha had be­come since she last vis­ited in 2007.

She be­gan her Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne visit with a civic re­cep­tion on Sun­day, Au­gust 21, be­fore spend­ing time at or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara, St John Am­bu­lance sub-sta­tion and the Wood­side North West Shelf Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, and tak­ing a trip to Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park.

Mrs San­der­son also vis­ited lo­cal schools in­clud­ing Kar­ratha Se­nior High School, St Luke’s Col­lege, and Tam­brey Pri­mary and Wick­ham Pri­mary schools, and spoke to Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School stu­dents via video link.

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been pleased to give the Gov­er­nor a chance to see the changes the re­gion had un­der­gone.

“The visit was a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the ‘new’ Pil­bara, which is char­ac­terised by live­able towns that of­fer qual­ity health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vices,” he said.

“We also cel­e­brated the rich cul­tural his­tory of the Pil­bara by

tour­ing an­cient rock art sites and dis­cussing op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion through un­der­de­vel­oped in­dus­tries such as tourism.”

In Roe­bourne on Tues­day, Mrs San­der­son vis­ited groups in­clud­ing Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice be­fore be­ing wel­comed by Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion and Big hART to the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre, where she was shown an abridged ver­sion of the re­cent Tjaabi pro­duc­tion. NYFL di­rec­tor Michelle Adams said the per­for­mance had been sched­uled for Mrs San­der­son as an ex­ten­sion of the town’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and would give her an in­sight into the innovative cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion go­ing on in Roe­bourne.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that she’s able to walk away with a sense of feel­ing that kids here hold onto cul­ture,” she said. “The Gov­er­nor com­ing up here ... rep­re­sents Govern­ment.

“And it’s im­por­tant for grass­roots peo­ple to give a view or a feel­ing of ... com­mu­nity peo­ple driv­ing change, and Roe­bourne is smash­ing stereo­types. And I’m so glad that the Gov­er­nor was here to wit­ness just a small part of what ev­ery­body felt.”

Mrs San­der­son fin­ished her Pil­bara tour in Port Hed­land on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Pic­ture: Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara

Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son, sec­ond from left, with Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara busi­ness ad­vi­sor Erin Walker, Ngur­rangga Tours op­er­a­tor Clin­ton Walker, and Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jag­ger.

Pic­ture: Govern­ment House

St Luke's Col­lege staff and stu­dent STEAM Fest winners with Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son, cen­tre, at Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre with Roe­bourne res­i­dents, back, Robyne Churn­side, Jill Churn­side, Pansy Hicks, Allery Sandy and Toot­sie Daniel. Front, Michelle Adams and Kasey Cheedy.

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