Vice-regal visit to Phillip Island
Media release courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks
Members from right across the local community welcomed the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove at a host of activities and receptions on Phillip Island on Sunday 13 August.
The day began at the Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club, complete with a visit from the Westpac rescue helicopter, and was followed by the unveiling of a plaque at the National Vietnam Veteran’s Museum.
The Cape Kitchen provided a wonderful location for the Civic Reception where Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove had the opportunity to meet with many of our current and future community leaders.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said it was an honour to welcome Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove to Phillip Island and host them for the afternoon.
“It is a rare and singular occasion that we find ourselves in the company of someone whose service to Australia is as extensive and honourable as Sir Peter’s,” Cr Rothfield said.
“From his remarkable and heroic military career, his admirable peacekeeping work in East Timor and his leadership in the Army and Defence Forces, to his leadership in rebuilding communities in Queensland after Cyclone Larry, Sir Peter is a true Australian hero.
“And Lady Cosgrove’s ongoing work with the welfare of partners of veterans’, disabled people and Australian wildlife is exemplary of the ideals we hold most dear, particularly as Phillip Islanders.”
The Vice-regal party travelled into Cowes to meet with representatives from both the SES and CFA and thank them for their ongoing contributions, before enjoying the rural surrounds at Bimbadeen Farm.
The Penguin Parade was next on the agenda, starting with a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, hosted by Nature Parks’ CEO Catherine Basterfield and Acting Chair Kay Spierings.
“It was an honour to share the Nature Parks’ commitment to the conservation of our unique wildlife and environment with Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove who have contributed so much to the Australian community,” said Catherine.
“We were delighted that Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove took such an interest in the innovative technology of the Oil Spill Wand being developed by the Nature Parks and Victoria University.”
“It was very apparent that the ongoing care and conservation of the penguins and other wildlife is an issue close to their hearts.”
The penguins cooperated with a timely emergence from the waves as the Vice-regal visitors looked on, marvelling at the opportunity to witness this wild and natural event as their final activity on a day filled with Phillip Island experiences.