From our Patron – National Parks Association of Queensland

From our Patron

Author: His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland

Photography: Government House

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, Patron of National Parks Association of Queensland.

Message from the Governor of Queensland

Ninety years ago, Queensland’s fourteenth Governor, Sir John Goodwin, accepted the invitation from the National Parks Association of Queensland to become its inaugural Patron. As the current Governor, I have been very pleased to continue the tradition of vice-regal patronage of this great Queensland organisation.

Sir John’s support was far from token endorsement; he and Lady Goodwin were fully committed to the cardinal principle espoused by the Association, and led by example in having the Government House estate declared a Sanctuary and creating ‘Woodland Walks’ complete with paths and footbridges.

Today, Kaye and I are the proud custodians of this rare remnant of original, inner-city bushland and, in line with that same principle, are committed to ensuring responsible care and sustainable preservation.

As supporters of the Association, we acknowledge the vigilance, advocacy, ideals and persistent effort of Romeo Lahey, Arthur Groom and the many other passionate and dedicated volunteers and donors who have contributed to the impressive list of achievements since 1930.

I congratulate the Association on reaching this milestone year and thank them for the immense contribution their efforts have made to the life of all Queenslanders.

Kaye and I share your disappointment that the planned program of celebrations has not been able to proceed because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, the work of the Association has continued unabated and we, like all Queenslanders, are looking forward to returning to the remarkable places of peace, inspiration and renewal that the Association has helped create and protect for us all.

Some of the grounds at Government House

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