The Governor-General David Hurley and Linda Hurley have returned to Canberra after a working week in North West Queensland.
The Governor-General was in Mount Isa on Monday and Tuesday to attend a citizenship ceremony and other engagements before flying to Karumba later on Tuesday.
The Governor-General and his wife visited Karumba's Barramundi Discovery Centre for a reception for regional tourism operators and then met community members at the Sunset Tavern, morning walk with local walking group in Karumba before coming to Normanton to attend a student leaders briefing at the Council Chambers, a barbecue with community representatives involved in the flood recovery and rebuilding at the historical Normanton Railway Station, a visit to the CWA Art Shed, visit to the Indigenous Stock Workers Display and finished the evening with a dinner hosted by Mayor Jack Bawden with representatives of surrounding councils.
On his Facebook page, the Governor-General said the residents of Karumba and Normanton exemplify many quintessential Australian characteristics: proud of their town and community, supportive and caring of each other and hard working.
"The Governor-General and Mrs Hurley have enjoyed spending time with the communities over the last two days, listening to people's stories - including how they have coped with the challenges of 2020 - and hearing about their plans for the future," the page said.
"Like anywhere there are challenges, but there is also optimism and a commitment to each other and to the community."
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