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Governor-General to Visit King Island

“I am very pleased to announce that The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency, General David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley will visit King Island on the 19th of May.

Depending on the time we have available we will design a program to show them some of the sights of King Island as well as meet our great people, prior to officiating as Patrons of the Keep Australia Beautiful Awards, which King Island will also be hosting. It is a great honour for King Island to host the Governor-General and I know they are very excited to visit us. As far as we can ascertain this will be only the 3rd time a Governor-General has visited King Island, the most recent being G-G Bryce about 10 years ago.  By contrast King Island has only been visited by two Prime Ministers over the years, Menzies and Gillard.

The Governor-General and I also have a personal connection, I served as his military personal assistant for 1999 in Darwin. 1999 turned out to be a huge year for the both of us because East Timor exploded on our doorstep.

The official visit program will be announced closer to the time.”     – Mayor Marcus Blackie