Curtin VC investiture
The Governor with Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne and other members of the official investiture party.

Investing Curtin’s new VC, hosting a Council of the Ageing roundtable, meeting with the State Recovery Controller and a special Executive Council

The Governor today formally invested Curtin University’s new Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM.

Professor Hayne arrived at Curtin in late April after 10 years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago in New Zealand. She is Curtin’s sixth Vice-Chancellor and the first to hail from overseas.

In front of members of the University Council, special guests, student body representatives and staff the Governor carried out the official investiture of Professor Hayne.

He also delivered a formal address in which he welcomed Professor Hayne to the role and wished her every success as she guides the university through the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Hosting a Council of The Ageing roundtable discussion on Elder Abuse

The first of four roundtable lunches to discuss issues facing the elderly was held at Government House, with the Governor hosting the series organised by the Council of the Ageing’s (COTA) Positive Ageing Alliance initiative.

The Governor, who is Patron of COTA, welcomed community members, business leaders and aged sector experts to the discussion which today focused on the topic of Elder Abuse.

CEO of the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA) and COTA WA Board Director Professor Gary Martin chaired today’s discussion with Council on the Ageing CEO Christine Allen and UWA Social Care and Ageing’s Professor Loretta Baldassar also presenting.

A further three roundtable lunches will be held at Government House over coming months to discuss The Digital Divide, Mature Age Employment and Vulnerable Cohorts.

Meeting with the State Recovery Controller (Seroja)

The Governor received a comprehensive update on recovery efforts today in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Seroja which devastated parts of WA’s Mid West in April.

State Recovery Controller (Seroja) Melissa Pexton met with the Governor to provide a briefing on clean-up and re-building efforts in communities impacted by the devastating cyclone with residents in thirteen local government areas affected.

Ms Pexton provided updates on the work of support services, agencies, volunteer groups across the region and the significant efforts of local and state government to assist residents and business in the impact zones.

The Governor encourages West Australian’s to continue to support the recovery and rebuild by donating to the Lord Mayors Disaster Relief Fund.

Special Executive Council

The Governor presided over a special Executive Council this morning welcoming The Hon Sue Ellery MLC Minister and the Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA to Government House.

Also in attendance was Clerk of the Executive Council, Ms Megan Inglis Presiding over Executive Council is one of the key constitutional functions of the role of Governor.

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