Governor Sanderson's Wheatbelt Visit

April 10, 2018 at 1:38 PM


The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC visited the Wheatbelt on March 8 and 9, 2018.  As Her Excellency’s first regional visit was to the Wheatbelt, it is fitting it is her last before she stands down from the role later this year. 

Wheatbelt Development Commission CEO, Wendy Newman accompanied the Governor. “The theme of the visit was volunteering and social entrepreneurship,” said Wendy. “It was wonderful to be able to showcase the diverse and vibrant communities collaborating to create opportunity.” 

A busy two days saw Her Excellency acknowledge:

Quairading Women in Business Forum:  An impressive line-up of presentations provided an overview of the amazing things women across the Region are achieving.  Her Excellency spoke of the importance of women and their leadership.

Hyden Vietnam ‘Vets’ Volunteer Initiative: Her Excellency unveiled a plaque to acknowledge a real ‘win win’ initiative providing a wonderful opportunity for ‘Vets’ to engage in a community project (building an amphitheatre) and create enduring connections to a regional community and each other. 

Camp Kulin:  The Governor met with and thanked the volunteers driving this nationally acclaimed project, where a community has ‘repurposed’ it’s built assets and harnessed its social capital to provide leadership and healing opportunities for traumatised people from across the State.  It is a real credit to the Shire and the Community as the project is making a significant difference to the lives of many. The number of participants who return to the program as volunteers is impressive.

Cambinata Yabbies and Mary’s Farm Cottages:  The Nenke Family hosted a tour of their yabby processing facilities before serving a wonderful light lunch in their function centre (a former shearing shed).  This showcased a great enterprise that proves that the integration of broad acre farming, food processing and agri-tourism is a winning combination, highlighting the very best of country living through unique personalised experiences.

Narrogin Cottage Homes:  It was wonderful to showcase this world class facility and have the Commission acknowledged for its work in supporting the project to fruition. The 14 bed dementia wing is now fully operational and it was inspiring to see the level of care and vibrancy of the ‘home’. The quality of the facility is testament to the vision and perseverance of the Narrogin Cottage Homes Inc. Board.

Williams Well Aged Housing:  Showcasing the broader 4WD Lakes Aged Housing initiative, the Governor’s visit to Jam Tree Lane was a wonderful end to the day.  These lovely units are located in an aged friendly precinct close to amenities in Williams. The quality of the homes is a credit to the project managers. The Commission has supported this project through all three stages and it has been a significant beneficiary of Royalties for Regions funding.

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