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Governor visits Greater Hamilton region

23 January 2019

Council is pleased to announce that Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria will visit the Greater Hamilton region on Sunday 3 February. As Patron of the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the Governor will visit bushfire-affected communities to hear about their challenges and help celebrate their achievements in recovery.

Two events will be held as part of this visit, one in Hamilton and the other in Coleraine, which was heavily impacted by the fires of 2009.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Mary-Ann Brown said the visit will give the community a chance to reflect on the events of 2009 and celebrate the resilience of our communities.

“We are delighted to have the Governor of Victoria visit our Shire to commemorate this 10 year anniversary,” said Cr Brown.

“The bushfires of 2009 significantly impacted the township of Coleraine and surrounding areas, as well as obviously having wide reaching impacts across Victoria.

“The 10 year anniversary allows us to reflect on our strength in the face of adversity and our resilience as a community, particularly in the recovery and rebuilding phases.

“It also allows us the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of our emergency services personnel, who do such an amazing job in in helping keep our communities safe when faced with natural disasters, such as this, Cr Brown said”.

The Governor’s visit will include a morning tea at the Hamilton PAC and then a lunch at the Coleraine Fire Station. The Governor will tour the upgraded facility and take time to speak with volunteers and community members impacted by the 2009 bushfires. The community are encouraged to attend both of these events.

For more information on the events taking place in the Shire to mark the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires, please visit


Time: 9:30 for 10.00am
Venue: Hamilton PAC
113 Brown Street, Hamilton
Morning Tea Provided

Time: 11.00 for 11:30am
Venue: Coleraine Fire Station,
Cnr Church and Read Streets, Coleraine
BBQ Lunch Provided

Media Contact: Alison Quade | 0429 601 208 |

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