The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, has spent two days in the Bundaberg Region on an official vice-regal tour, undertaking a range of community and ceremonial duties.
On Tuesday, His Excellency visited the new Bundaberg Aeromedical Base and Patient Transfer Facility.
“I was very pleased to hear that both organisations, LifeFlight and the RFDS, have been operating here in Bundaberg for so long,” he said.
“To see this wonderful state-of-the-art facility is just spectacular.”
Rusell Postle from the Royal Flying Doctor Service said the Governor had always shown unwavering support for the organisation and its employees.
“Over the years the Governor has always displayed a huge interest in the regions that we service all over Queensland,” he said.
“He has been to a number of bases around Queensland and of course Bundaberg is very special; it's our first true base where it has been a a joint facility with LifeFlight.”
Governor contributes to One Million Trees program
The Governor also met Bundaberg Regional Councillors on Tuesday, went to Kalkie School and planted a tree at the Multiplex as part of the One Million Trees program.
The program was officially launched late last year with the goal of planting one million thriving trees across the region by 2024.
The Governor said he was proud to contribute.
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to plant a couple of trees in Bundaberg and Gin Gin over the next couple of days,” he said.
“It is a way that the community can return to nature what it deserves.
“One million trees, it's a big commitment that would be wonderful if it can be achieved and I am sure it will.”
The Governor also invested Bundaberg resident Barry Dahl with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to lawn bowls.
On Wednesday, the Governor visited Cordalba School and met community representatives in Childers and Gin Gin.
His Excellency is the 26th Governor of Queensland and is the representative of Her Majesty the Queen.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it had been an honour to host the Governor again before his term officially enda in July.
“It's been an absolute pleasure to host the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC on his vice-regal tour of our beautiful Bundaberg Region,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“From stopping by some of our fantastic facilities, including the Aeromedical Base and the Multiplex, to visiting our great schools and meeting with our fantastic local residents and businesses, it has been a very positive visit with many wonderful engagements.
“On behalf of the Bundaberg Region community I thank His Excellency for his distinguished service and genuine ongoing interest in our community.”