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NSW Governor tours Louth, Bourke, Brewarrina, and Goodooga

The NSW Governor Margaret Beazley at Louth Public School on Tuesday with Principal David Simes and students William, Maddison, Casey, Talita, Oscar and Amelia, flanked by Mr Wilson and Leanne Simes. PHOTO contributed

The Darling River village of Louth hosted a visit from the NSW Governor on Tuesday as a first stop on a tour through Bourke and Brewarrina Shires.

The NSW Vice Regal representative, Margaret Beazley AC QC, also visited Bourke yesterday and Brewarrina today (Thursday 17th June), and will visit Goodooga tomorrow (Friday 18th June) as part of a wide-ranging consultation with residents, school students, teachers, parents, shire councillors, and members of local Aboriginal lands councils.

During the visit to Louth, the NSW Governor visited the new Royal Flying Doctor Service facility.

The state-of-the-art treatment rooms include two consulting rooms, a dental clinic, waiting room, telehealth centre and mental health room.

Governor Margaret Beazley arrived in Louth shortly after lunch on Tuesday and watched as the RFDS team ran the community nursing clinic.

Louth based RFDS Clinic Coordinator Sharon Junk said it was an honour to have the Governor inspect the new facilities.

“We have been so spoilt to get our new centre,” Sharon said. “It was funded by a kind benefactor, and we were very lucky to be chosen as one of three communities to benefit from the donation.

“Louth now has beautiful rooms for our patients – consulting rooms, a dental theatre which is something from ‘outer space’, the telehealth room which allows patients to get treatment out of hours and remotely, and a mental health consulting room.

“Our team of volunteers was on hand during the Governor Beazley’s visit, showing her what we do.

“We are very lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Janet and Max Jones, Kathy Barnes, Annabel Strachan, Sandra Boede, Debra Nielsen and Samantha Mooring. We couldn’t do this without them,” Sharon said.

The building in which the new facilities are housed was built in Dubbo and transported to Louth, where it was fitted out with the most modern equipment available.

“One minute we didn’t have a building, the next it was all there,” Sharon said.

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