Governor’s praise for nature, art, enterprise

Geoff VivianMidwest Times
In Carnarvon, Governor Kim Beazley meets Chris Collins of the Sweeter Banana Company.
Camera IconIn Carnarvon, Governor Kim Beazley meets Chris Collins of the Sweeter Banana Company. Credit: Government House Perth

WA Governor the Honourable Kim Beazley AC concluded a four-day tour of Shark Bay and the Gascoyne last week with appreciative remarks about emergency services, stromatolites, local museums and Carnarvon Community College.

At a Shark Bay Shire civic reception, he met volunteers associated with emergency and first responder organisations at the “brilliant” Joint State Emergency Centre.

The Governor said he was fascinated by the Hamelin Pool stromatolites.

“The area is host to a very important set of, if you like, canaries in the cage of the problems with climate change,” he said.

“Threats to these ancient beings would be a sign that there are threats to all of us.”

The Governor said local organisations made “brilliant use” of the area’s history at Carnarvon Space Museum and Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre.

He said he was impressed by the latter’s treatment of the battle between the HMAS Sydney II and the Kormoran, a “most haunting and evocative media piece”.

The Governor met traditional owners and artist Raymond Edney at the soon-to-be-reopened Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre.

“The centre will be used to drive Aboriginal business development and tourism opportunities in the Gascoyne, and to celebrate the region’s Aboriginal heritage,” he said.

At Carnarvon, he said he was introduced to “our intimate connection with the American space program”, which has come to prominence this year with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The Governor also complimented Carnarvon’s “innovative industries” such as the banana industry, Big River Plantation and Morel’s Ice-cream Farm Shop, which he said represented the region’s productivity.

“There was also a chance to look at education activity and the brilliant Carnarvon Community College campus, which is really a one-off in this State and worth learning from, and emulating elsewhere,” he said.

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