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Press Release: Governor's Visit

Issued: 3 September 2006

VICTORIA’S Governor Professor David de Kretser got a sea eagle’s view of the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation during a chopper flight along the rugged coastline and over Apollo Bay on Thursday.

The Governor and Mrs Jan de Kretser were hosted at the Lightstation during their two day tour of Colac Otway Shire this week.

After a tour of mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse and the newly refurbished World War Two radar bunker Governor de Kretser gave a speech, during which he recognised the region’s traditional indigenous owners.

The Governor encouraged interpretation of Koori heritage at the rich cultural and archaeological site, once home to the Gadubanud or King Parrot Speakers.

After the speech he had morning tea at a public reception at the Lightstation which was also attended by pupils from Apollo Bay P-12 school.

The Governor and Mrs de Kretser, along with the Mayor Warren Riches, then enjoyed a coastal and hinterland joy-flight courtesy of Great Ocean Helicopters and the Lightstation.

For more information call Lightstation manager Paul Thompson on 5237 9240.

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