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  • Inaugural Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize

    Monday, 28 June 2021

    Thank you Michael, Professor Ewing and Margaret. Dennis and I are honoured, as joint Patrons of WestWords, to participate in this prize giving ceremony and book launch, that is a celebration of the creativity and diversity of Western Sydney. In the foreword...

  • Women of Achievement Luncheon - Black & White Committee

    Tuesday, 22 June 2021

    Bujari gamarruwa Diyn Babana Gamarada Gadigal Ngura.[1][#_ftn1] Gathered here on Gadigal land, I pay my respects to Elders, past, present and emerging - and First Nations’ people here present. Thank you for the invitation to open this 35th Women of Achievement luncheon...

  • 2021 NSW Humanitarian Awards

    Monday, 21 June 2021

    Bujari gamarruwa Diyn Babana Gamarada Gadigal Ngura ‘G’day’ in the language of the Gadigal people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Government House stands. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to...

  • Polish National Day - 230th Anniversary of the 3rd of May Constitution Day

    Wednesday, 5 May 2021

    Dobry wieczor: Good evening Bujari gamarruwa Diyn Babana Gamarada Gadigal Ngura. I pay my respects to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation in the ‘Sydney language’ and acknowledge Elders, past, present and emerging. Thank you Consul-General for this invitation to join you to...

  • Following up after the floods

    Thursday, 1 April 2021

    I have been in touch with Mayors of flood impacted areas of our State in recent weeks to see how they and their communities were managing. Councillor Peta Pinson, Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, has given me permission to share...

  • NSW Floods

    Thursday, 25 March 2021

    As the rain eases and blue skies return, we remain mindful of thousands of people and businesses in our State still displaced after the torrential rain of the last week. Across New South Wales the impact on households and livelihoods...

  • Global Virtual Launch of the Australian Institute of Botanical Science

    Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Bujari gamarruwa Diyn Babana Gamarada Gadigal Ngura. In greeting you in the ‘Sydney language’ of the Gadigal, I, too, pay my respects to Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the botanical significance of this land to its traditional owners, the Gadigal people. The name of...

  • Catholic Schools NSW Breakfast for International Women's Day

    Friday, 5 March 2021

    'Bujari gamarruwa Diyn Babana Gamarada Gadigal Ngura.' I pay my respects to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation in the ‘Sydney language’ of the Gadigal - and to all First Nations women, Elders and people here present. International Women’s Day has now been celebrated for over...

  • Unveiling of the Bashir Coat of Arms

    Monday, 1 March 2021

    Bujari gamarruwa, diyn babana gamarada Gadigal ngura. ‘G’day’ in the language of the Gadigal people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which Government House stands. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect...

  • Opening Night of 'Enquiring Minds' Exhibition

    Friday, 26 February 2021

    I, too, pay my respects to the Dharug people on whose land we gather. The great Southern skies above these unique lands of ours have always been a great source of fascination to astronomers, navigators and those who have left their...

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