Broken Hill has been playing host to the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC and her husband Mr Dennis Wilson over the last few days.
Flying into Broken Hill on Wednesday, the Governor and Mr Wilson started their very full three-day itinerary attending the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) year in review event in their capacity as joint patrons to the organisation.
This was Her Excellency’s first trip ever to Broken Hill in either her role as Governor or personally and she said it’s a really wonderful town.
“We were, of course, very restrained over 2020/21 at what we could do, so to be able to get back into the regions is really superb because you get that sense of what is happening on the ground.
“You get a sense that people are working very strongly with each other.
“One of the Councillors said to me, the other night when we met, Broken Hill’s got a heart, and I’d echo that, because you can feel it.
“You really get a sense that this is a town that is really going to go forward, it obviously has problems as the work force changes, it has problems attracting workforce, but this forward thinking that
I’m picking up through the different organisations in the town, innovative thinking means that the future of Broken Hill is really quite wonderful,” Her Excellency said.
A journey to Broken Hill is not complete without a trip to the Living Desert Sculptures and the Council hosted a sunset get together with Councillors where the Governor and Mr Wilson were given the opportunity to discuss local culture, events, and issues.
Sunset over the iconic sculptures showcased the beauty of the outback on a perfect Wednesday evening.
Broken Hill Mayor, Tom Kennedy, said that the visit was important to the City.
“Getting anyone important out here is great.
“What happens is they get to see Broken Hill and then they are then able to promote the city to others.
“You can’t buy advertising like that.”
After a stop at Broken Hill High School on Thursday morning the Vice Regal couple spoke to staff at Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast.
Scott Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast, said, “for us to have Her Excellency to come out and visit and meet up with our staff and get a better understanding of what we do on the ground, we have always been so well known for our 13 11 14 telephone crisis support services, but for regional and remote areas we do so much more.
“It’s been a long journey over the last couple of years with many challenges that have faced us through that psycho social space that we work heavily in, supporting our communities to get through those challenging times.
“Today for us is being able to showcase all the other work that we do that keeps our community safe,” Mr Hammond said.
The Governor and Mr Wilson were literally wowed by Lifeline ambassador Brendan Cullen, who recently swam the English Channel, raising $35,000 for the organisation.