Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove to visit Burnie

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lady Cosgrove will be warmly welcomed when they visit Burnie on Tuesday, 18 October.

The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove are visiting Burnie as a part of a broader two-day visit to Burnie, Devonport and Launceston.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “We are delighted that Their Excellencies, Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, will be spending time in our city during their time in Tasmania.”

“As part of their time in Burnie, Their Excellencies will see first-hand the results of some of our successful community projects. They will be visiting Shorewell Community House, meeting with members of the Shorewell Community Working Group and Housing Choices, as well as spending some time at the Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre and Burnie High School.”

“We are very privileged to be able to show Their Excelliencies all the wonderful work that has been happening within our community, particularly within the last couple of years.”

“The Burnie Community House has been part of the Burnie community for over 30 years, and plays an important role in the local community. Over the past five years the House has focused its efforts on providing programs, projects, workshops, activities and services that focus on health and well-being.”

“The Hilltop Fresh Produce Project was created in 2014, and serves as a sustainable community food hub. Its aim is to help improve the health and well-being of local residents by increasing access to good quality and fair priced fresh produce.”

“Hilltop also offers multi-faceted accredited skills training and pathways to employment.”

“The Shorewell Park Community Development Working Group (SPCDWG) was established to facilitate change in the Shorewell Park community through the beautification and installation of infrastructure in the underutilized reserve.”

“This project has gone beyond just beautifying an area within the community, it facilitated greater community relations and instilled a real sense of ownership and pride over the area.”

“Talking to members of the Working Group, they will tell you that there has been a remarkable shift in the community’s mental health and well-being, as well as a significant decrease in the amount of anti-social behavior and graffiti occurring in the Shorewell area.”

“Housing Choices Tasmania has played an important role in assisting the needs of the local community and have shown their support for the Burnie area by successfully partnering with community organisations and projects such as the Shorewell Park beautification project, the Kommunity Kids Program, and the Hilltop Fresh Produce Project.”

“To know that Their Excellencies have shown interest in learning more about these valuable and successful community programs is really encouraging and exciting. We know we have achieved some fantastic outcomes and we are thrilled that more and more people want to learn about what has been done. It is a wonderful opportunity for these programs to be put in the spotlight.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728