Regal buzz for whirlwind Governor tour
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.
Samantha Reynolds, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Brad Norman and Lady Cosgrove at the Ningaloo Centre.