NSW Governor Margaret Beazley made a terrific impression on locals when she visited Tumut last week, defying cold wet weather to win over plenty of new fans.
As part of a visit to the Riverina, the Governor first met Snowy Valleys Councilors and staff at the Tumut Chambers and discussed local issues, before heading to a lunch at Tumut River Brewing Co, which was attended by community representatives from Tumut, Batlow, Adelong and Tumbarumba.
After this she took in a tour of Franklin Public School, with the well-drilled student leaders and staff as her guides.
“It was a very positive experience,” Franklin relieving principal Jodie Barton said.
“She is so easy going and the kids thoroughly enjoyed showing her around. She was very positive about the visit, and said it was one of the most engaging and positive school visits she has had.
“The student leaders received a souvenir coin from her, and these were very well appreciated. When she went to the kindergarten room all the kids wanted to read to her and she let them. When she went to the senior classroom the students showed her their robotics and she enjoying them telling her how they got them to work. She is vey approachable, easy going; a lovely person. It was a great opportunity for us to have the Governor come to visit; it’s not something you get every week.”
Her Excellency then arrived at Riding for the Disabled Tumut, where she was treated to a riding display by some young riders, before chatting to instructors, volunteers and the riders themselves, and getting a good look at and a run-down on the horses.
“It was great,” RDA Tumut senior riding coach Margot Bulger said.
“She is a lovely lady. The riders were happy to put on a demonstration for her. It was very cold but she was a good sport about it.”
A Wiradjuri cultural visit to the Tumut Wetlands late on Thurdsay was rescheduled to Friday morning , and moved to the Tumut Visitors Centre.
NPWS Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and local Shane Herrington explained many of the Wiradjri traditions that have been preserved for thousands of years, and items on display were demonstrated and explained.
Mr Herrington also adeptly played the didgeridoo, which greatly impressed the Governor and others there.