Cobar welcomes NSW Governor

The NSW Governor Her Excellency Margaret Beazley AO QC addressing a group of rural and local residents at an afternoon tea in Drummond Park on Friday.

The NSW Governor, Her Excellency Margaret Beazley AO QC, had a very busy schedule when she and husband Mr Dennis Wilson visited Cobar last week.

Her Excellency and Mr Wilson met with Mayor Lilliane Brady, members of the Cobar Business Association, cheered on the Toyota Tour de OROC peloton of riders, toured Cobar’s new health service, dined with the mayor and council staff and spoke with members of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA), members of the Murdi Paaki Assembly and chatted with local rural women and young girls.

The Governor and Mr Wilson’s busy schedule commenced just after lunch on Thursday when they were welcomed to town by Mayor Lilliane Brady and Cobar Shire Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko.

Her Excellency said it had been “a privilege and an honour” to visit Cobar.

“I have no particular agenda or message to bring,” she said.

Her Excellency said “the guts” of her job was getting out and meeting people in the community.

She was also keen to keep her meetings informal choosing to meet and talk to Cobar residents in round-table discussions.

At a meeting with members of the Cobar Business Association, Her Excellency spoke to three of the local mine managers about their operations and challenges they were currently facing.

When visiting with Community Health staff Her Excellency was very interested in the
Virtual Physio Program and was keen to have a detailed guided tour of Cobar’s new
health service which is close to being completed.

The Governor said she very much enjoyed her dinner with council staff and watching the sunset from the museum verandah on Thursday night.

On Friday morning, Her Excellency and Mr Wilson attended a morning tea hosted by the ICPA before joining a meeting of the Murdi Paaki Assembly.

Her last engagement on Friday afternoon, before heading to Nyngan, was an afternoon tea in Drummond Park, where Her Excellency heard about how the drought is affecting rural residents and the town.