Re­gal buzz for whirl­wind Gov­er­nor tour

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Aus­tralia’s Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Peter Cos­grove laid on the charm last week as he un­der­took a whirl­wind tour of Ex­mouth’s com­mu­nity and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments.

The Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral and Lady Cos­grove vis­ited youth and vol­un­teer groups, park rangers and in­dus­try and de­fence force fig­ures on a two-day trip, which in­cluded the first func­tion to be hosted in the yet-to-open Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Cos­grove said Ex­mouth was a vi­brant and gen­er­ous com­mu­nity.

“You only have to see the com­mu­nity spirit in a lon­grun­ning project such as Mrs Mac’s where they de­liver di­rectly to some fa­mous char­i­ties which are nec­es­sary in the out­back,” he said. “It is a fan­tas­tic thing and it speaks vol­umes of the . . . gen­eros­ity of ru­ral Aus­tralia.”

Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School prin­ci­pal Ray Den­holm said the cou­ple’s visit to the school had cre­ated a buzz.

“It was a chance to show­case the lead­er­ship groups we have in the com­mu­nity and the school and his agenda of pro­mot­ing civics and cit­i­zen­ship has been re­ally ex­em­pli­fied by what is hap­pen­ing in Ex­mouth,” he said.

It was the sec­ond time Mr Den­holm had met the Gover­norGen­eral, af­ter cross­ing paths at his for­mer school on the Co­cos Is­lands.

Shire of Ex­mouth Com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher said it was a plea­sure to in­tro­duce the cou­ple to Ex­mouth’s vol­un­teers, show­case the town’s his­tory and life­style and its role in Aus­tralian de­fence and se­cu­rity.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sa­man­tha Reynolds, Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Sir Peter Cos­grove, Brad Nor­man and Lady Cos­grove at the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

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