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Governor shares optimism for the bush

Visiting Maranguka Bourke Community Hub – Dawn Smith, Samara Milgate, Sandra Kelly, Victor Bartley, Ben Orcher, Michael Williams, Vivianne Prince, Governor Margaret Beazley and husband Dennis Wilson, Jason Hudson, Alistair Ferguson, James Moore, Cecil Towney Jnr, Adam McLean and Buddy Moore. Photo TWH

Last week’s visit by the Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley, was a shot in the arm for the Bourke and Brewarrina communities.

The local sense of optimism and energy impressed the Governor during her three-day tour which took her from classrooms to a cocktail party, meetings with councils and Aboriginal land councils, and a cruise down the Darling River.

Governor Beazley said her most enduring impression was the hopefulness and enthusiasm shown by the locals, despite the hardships of recent drought and COVID-19.

She made time to meet many local people, starting with a tour of the new Royal Flying Doctor Service facility in Louth, and a visit to Louth Public School.

She also visited Bourke’s St Ignatius Catholic School, had a round table discussion with Bourke councillors, Maranguka Hub, and a visit to 2WEB’s studios.

She then headed to Brewarrina and Goodooga before flying out on Friday afternoon.

“What was clearly evident was that everybody we have spoken to likes living in Bourke and Brewarrina – that’s really reassuring,” Governor Beazley said.

“The regions have been through a hard time and to think that in the past 18 months you’ve been able to come out of the drought and COVID and to see money come back to the region with people feeling positive, smiling on the streets, visitors coming through and feeling more secure with COVID plans in place, it is wonderful.

“You get the feeling the regions, which were understandably nervous about COVID, are welcoming visitors in droves - and what beautiful country to see,” she said.

The Governor and her husband, Dennis Wilson, set a cracking pace, arriving by commercial flight in Cobar on Tuesday and driving to Louth, where they made a point of interacting with students.

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