Governor-General in the friendly heart of the North West

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.
SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

The office of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has released a Facebook video of his visit to the Cloncurry Show on the weekend.

The video features some aerial shots of Cloncurry and surrounds plus highlights from his speech formally opening the pavilion on Saturday.

“It’s really wonderful to be here, your town is known as the friendly heart of the great North West and I’m already seeing why,” Sir Peter said, referring to Cloncurry’s slogan.

Sir Peter said he was delighted to be there for Cloncurry Show week.

“It is a week that has special feel to the local community,” he said.

“Because they are a joyous event, they’re historic, they’ve got longevity.”

The Governor-General praised the community for its willingness to get behind the Cloncurry Show.

“You see the absolute core of the community here who collaborate to put on these wonderful events year after year,” he said.

“Thank you for your friendly welcome. It’s lovely to be here.”

Sir Peter said he wanted to meet as many locals as possible in his visit to Cloncurry Show and he made reference to Cloncurry’s new theme song, a collaboration with Small Town Culture’s Josh Arnold released ahead of the show “That’s Cloncurry”.

“I think the lyrics of the song say, ‘the best town in the best state in the best country in the world’,” he said.

Sir Peter took a tour around the Showgrounds visiting the main pavilion, the main arena where he saw the horses and riders on display and the poultry shed.

As well as attending the Show on Saturday, the Governor-General and his wife Lady Cosgrave attended a civic reception with Mayor Greg Campbell on Friday evening.

The reception was held at John Flynn Place.

Earlier in the day the Governor-General flew into Mount Isa where there was also a civic reception and a welcoming dance by Kalkatunga dancers.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch presented him with a framed photograph of Lawn Hill National Park, taken by artist Alan Mathieson.

Alan Mathieson photo of Lawn Hill that was presented to the Governor-General.

Alan Mathieson photo of Lawn Hill that was presented to the Governor-General.

In Mount Isa he went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar where he “recognised those who serve and contribute so much to the community and meeting with personnel from D Company 51st Battalion Far North Queensland Regiment,” according to the Governor-General’s Facebook page.

“(It was great to be welcomed to Mount Isa - a community full of life and energy,” he said.

“And to speak with the staff and students at the Mount Isa School of the Air.”

Sir Peter was welcomed to the region by one of the School of the Air students.