The Victorian Governor Linda Dessau AC returned to the Northern Grampians Shire to tour the townships of Halls Gap, Stawell and St Arnaud.
Ms Dessau spent three days in the region accompanied by her husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC.
Northern Grampians Shire Council hosted the Governor and Mr Howard from Tuesday, May 14 to Thursday, May 16.
During her visit she toured the cellars at Seppelts, visited the Stawell Sports and Aquatic Centre, laid a wreath at the Stawell War Memorial, walked a trail in the Grampians, toured the Stawell Gold Mine and Bulgana Wind Farm as well as a trip to St Arnaud.
"Tony and I are delighted to be visiting this wonderful part of Victoria," she said.
"People often ask why we make a particular visit. I think the answer for us is simple. First of all I am the Governor for the whole of Victoria. That means not just Melbourne or the surrounds of the Melbourne - it means the whole state.
"It's essential for us to be out and about and to see some of our cleverest innovation which we always do."
Ms Dessua said it was a pleasure to see the amount of volunteering which took place within regional areas.
"It takes place right across our state in cities large and small," she said.
"I think in smaller locations you notice it even more because the same people are volunteering over and over."
Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Kevin Erwin said it was great to welcome back the Governor and Mr Howard.
"We tried to show the Governor a snapshot of how great the Northern Grampians Shire is," he said.
"We hope we achieved that. We are a very diverse shire from our beautiful mountains, Aboriginal history, farming techniques, gold and the newest technology out at the Bulgana Green Hub.
"We are a council that's not scared to have a go and I think we are setting the shire up in our stewardship for the future and hopefully for many generations to come."
2019 Medal of the Order of Australia recipient Meg Blake said she thought it was important for the Victorian Governor to visit regional areas.
"At the moment a lot of people can see a lot of political stuff going on in Melbourne," she said.
"For Linda Dessau to come out is important to re-assure people what is going on here is important, because there is a lot going on out here.
"She is a very warm and approachable person. Listening to where she has been and visited they've given her a real broad tour and they way she has embraced it all, I think she ticks all the boxes."
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