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Message from the Governor of Queensland

Thursday, June 04, 2020 11:43 AM | Anonymous

As Governor of Queensland and Patron of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, I was very pleased to receive an invitation from your President, Dr Iraphne Childs, to reach out to members through the RGSQ Bulletin at this challenging time.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland. Courtesy of Government House Queensland

It has been a difficult start to the year, with the Society’s meetings, lectures and trips either cancelled or postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I know that this experience is a matter of great concern to members. Let me reassure you that Kaye and I have you in our thoughts.

A once-in-a-lifetime event such as this demonstrates very clearly that the Society’s diverse program of events does much more than contribute to improving public understanding of our community and environment. It also plays a vital role in promoting social cohesion by bringing people together to share conversations and collaborate in bringing ideas and plans to fruition. I am very much aware that you will all be missing this interaction.

Somewhat ironically, the COVID-19 pandemic will provide geographers with research opportunities for years to come. Now, however, as the Australian and Queensland governments consider how and when to reduce the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, our focus must continue to be on remaining compliant, patient, and supportive.

I am confident that the Society, in common with other community-based organisations, will bounce back with renewed energy once this event has passed.

In the meantime, let me reiterate the message on your website – stay safe, but above all, stay curious!

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland 

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