Gov­er­nor’s fes­tive mes­sage to state

The Queensland Times - - YOUR SAY -

AS YOUR Gov­er­nor I have once again been priv­i­leged to serve you dur­ing an­other busy and re­ward­ing year for Queens­land.

This year has again shown Kaye and me that ours is a vast state with a di­verse land­scape, pre­sent­ing chal­lenges for ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

Sadly, this has been the case in re­cent weeks, with un­prece­dented fires across Queens­land.

Our thoughts are with ev­ery­one im­pacted by the fires, and in­deed all those tak­ing part in the on­go­ing re­lief ef­forts.

Through drought, and now fires, our state spirit of re­silience and op­ti­mism, of care and com­pas­sion, is en­grained in our com­mu­ni­ties.

As Queens­lan­ders we cel­e­brate our suc­cess and share our strug­gles, never too far from a help­ful hand. We are bound by a com­mon ma­roon thread.

These traits were on full dis­play dur­ing Re­gional Govern­ment House in Au­gust, when we spoke with Queens­lan­ders from all walks of life about the chal­lenges fac­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing the year we were also pleased to visit Townsville, Clon­curry, Thar­go­min­dah, Quilpie, Dalby, Charters Tow­ers, Roma, Win­ton and Lon­greach, meet­ing many hun­dreds of peo­ple, learn­ing of their chal­lenges and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the warmth, gen­eros­ity and sin­cer­ity of our state.

We cel­e­brated in April as Queens­land hosted the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

More than 6600 ath­letes and of­fi­cials from 71 na­tions con­verged on the state, while a world­wide tele­vi­sion au­di­ence was treated to a show­case of sport, sun, surf and sand.

In Novem­ber we turned our at­ten­tion to the end of the first world war, and to the prom­ise of peace and new be­gin­nings, and Kaye and I were deeply hon­oured to rep­re­sent Queens­lan­ders at com­mem­o­ra­tions to mark the Cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice at Hyde Park Cor­ner in Lon­don and Villers-Bre­ton­neux in France.

De­spite the ideals of 1918, con­flict con­tin­ues in the world, and as the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches we re­mem­ber and thank all who have served, and all who con­tinue to serve.

For our part, Kaye and I will again open the grounds of Fern­berg for the nightly Govern­ment House Christ­mas Lights dis­play from De­cem­ber 716. We look for­ward to en­joy­ing this up­lift­ing event with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

To our fel­low Queens­lan­ders, we of­fer our warm­est best wishes for the sea­son. HIS EX­CEL­LENCY THE HON­OURABLE PAUL DE JER­SEY AC

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