Governor of Queensland visits bushfire and drought affected Granite Belt
15 October 2019
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and Mrs Kaye de Jersey yesterday visited the bushfire and drought affected Granite Belt to meet with Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie, impacted residents, volunteers and fire crews who fought the September bushfires.
The Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey undertook several official program elements on the Granite Belt including receiving a briefing from local government representatives, meeting bushfire affected residents, visiting Storm King Dam to review the progress of emergency water infrastructure works, hosting a community reception in support of those affected by the recent bushfires and drought, and engaging with patronage organisations.
The Governor said he was moved by the stories of survival and the bravery demonstrated by the Granite Belt community.
“While I wish we were visiting under happier circumstances, I know that your community is a strong and optimistic one; despite the compounding adversities you are experiencing,” His Excellency said.
“The courage of the people of this region is truly inspiring and epitomises why I am so proud to be Governor of this tremendous State.” said His Excellency.
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said this visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the resilience and enduring beauty of the Southern Downs region and its people.
“Our community is built upon a foundation of resilience and tireless spirit and I am pleased to share this facet of the Southern Downs with the Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.
His Excellency was sworn in as Queensland’s 26th Governor on 29 July 2014 for an initial five-year term, and fulfils important constitutional, ceremonial and community duties. In November 2018, the Governor’s term was extended for another two years, through to 29 July 2021.