With the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley AC QC has been delighted to resume her visits to rural and regional areas, something that was quite regular for her in a pandemic-free world.
And her first stop? Why Parkes of course.
Ms Beazley and husband Dennis Wilson arrived in Parkes on Wednesday and will be in the area until Saturday, paying a visit to Forbes and Condobolin as well.
It's the first time the Governor has been able to do a regional tour since the height of the pandemic in Australia early last year.
"Dennis and I are pleased to be back on the road and delighted to be heading to the Central West," she said.
"This is our first multi-day regional visit after a long pause because of Covid and we are keen to hear how the past months have impacted on the diverse economy of the region and the day-to-day lives of local people."
The Governor and Mr Wilson met with members of Parkes Shire Council, the Chamber of Commerce and our Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Michael Lynch and Nicayden Greenwood at midday on Wednesday.
She visited the Water Treatment Plant and Parkes PCYC, met with students at Parkes High School and toured the Parkes Radio Telescope on Thursday, and will be stopping in at the Parkes Hospital on Saturday.
The vice-regal couple will also visit several businesses to learn first-hand about current conditions and plans for the future.
In Forbes, they will meet with members of the Men's Shed, enjoy a community lunch in Wheogo Park, visit the Platypus Gallery, and tour the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre and the Aussie Biscuit Factory.
The couple will finish off their regional visit with an afternoon at the Condobolin Races on Saturday.
Ms Beazley is the 39th Governor of NSW, commencing her five year tenure on May 2, 2019.
Prior to her appointment, she enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia (in 1993), the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court.
In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal.
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