Governor takes in Brewarrina’s community spirit


Governor Margaret Beazley and her husband, Dennis Wilson, toured Brewarrina with Mayor Phillip O’Connor. Photo contributed

Brewarrina Mayor Phillip O’Connor said the Governor’s visit had been a morale booster for the community and an opportunity to demonstrate Brewarrina’s ‘can do’ spirit.

Governor Beazley and Mr Wilson spent time at the Brewarrina Central School, met with councillors, visited the Aboriginal Museum and rock fish traps, and took in a tour of Narran Lakes, the Goodooga bore baths and the Goodooga Central School before flying back to Sydney.

“The Governor was very gracious, and we appreciated the fact that she had done her research on Brewarrina before she arrived, and knew what we were about,” Councillor O’Connor said.

“She wanted to listen to people and she spent time talking to the school kids and kicking a footy with them; she was interested in what council was doing and was impressed by the way the various parts of the Brewarrina community worked together.

“She’s an important link to the NSW government, and ultimately, to the Queen, so we were grateful that she took the time to come and see for herself what life is like here,” he said.

“She was able to see the work on the Goodooga Road and was thrilled about the indigenous employment that this project has provided and the team that had done such a great job.

“We were over the moon at the feedback we had from her, and very thankful that the Governor of NSW took the time to visit us,” Councillor O’Connor said.