Her Excellency visits

Emmerton Park resident Dorothy Devitt had the pleasure of meeting Governor of Tasmania Kate Warner during the governor’s visit to Circular Head late last week. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Tour. Circular Head welcomed a special visitor in the 28th Governor of Tasmania last week.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC along with husband Richard, spent some time touring the region before opening the annual Circular Head Show in Stanley on Saturday.

Stopping by Emmerton Park, Smithton High School and Circular Head Christian School on Friday, lunch with Circular Head councillors followed before a trip with Woolnorth Tours in the afternoon.

A civic reception at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre Hall of Fame ended the day’s formalities.

Visiting in 2015, Professor Warner says she took pleasure in seeing the sites of the wider region.

“This visit was of course our first municipal visit, and my strongest impression was of a very cohesive and supportive community,” she said.

“From an agricultural perspective, it clearly has the best grazing country on the island and Woolnorth with its history, including the beautifully restored Highfield House overlooking Stanley, is unique and sets it apart as a place that is not to be missed.”

“A highlight was the visit to the Emmerton Park aged care facility where the choir sang a special version of K-K-K Katy to me!”

As well as the tour of the wild west coast: “The fabulous view at Cape Grim with the sun shining on the pink pigface on the Dough Boys was unforgettable.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1970, followed by a Masters of Laws in 1978, a prosperous career at the university followed with roles including head of school. After her appointment as governor, Professor Warner was made a professor emeritus.

In 2014, Professor Warner was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to law reform and education, and earlier this year was named Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

The governor is the Queen of England’s representative in the state of Tasmania, personally appointed by the queen on the advice of the premier.

“The community aspect of the role has the potential to help positive changes in the community.

“This can be daunting, however to have this position for a short time in my life is a great privilege and I am finding it enormously rewarding.”


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