NACC recently had the pleasure of hosting a very special guest to the region, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia.
It was a great privilege to spend some time with Her Excellency, who is touring the Mid-West region on official business, and thoughtfully made a pit stop in to meet with some of the NACC team, and hear about our projects.
NACC’s Board Chair Dr Jill Wilson and fellow board member Yvonne Marsden, along with a team of staff from the office, were on hand to receive Her Excellency at the stunning Chapman River.
The weather was a bit of a challenge but that did not dampen the spirits as we were out there on familiar ground along the NAR coastline.
After a brief overview of the work NACC does, Her Excellency shared some of her passions. It was encouraging to know that the Governor has recently visited Mt Lesueur National Park, one of our regions’ local biodiversity hotspots and spoke passionately about the need to invest in our national parks.
It was obvious that her love for conservation efforts undertaken by organisations like ours started at an early age when she reflected on special moments spent with family at the different parks around the state.
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson said eco-tourism was a valuable tool to enhance community education and interest about the environment and environmental issues.
“A top priority is getting people to love our environment; getting people to love our national parks, our conservations estates and realise what precious assets we have in this region,” Her Excellency said.
“We need to put more emphasis onto eco-tourism, because people are really interested in the environment, but may want to know more about it – we need to help people to understand, not only how precious our environment is, but what to look for.”
It was important, Her Excellency said, that this heritage is protected for the enjoyment of future generations.
With a great appreciation for Aboriginal Culture, Her Excellency was more than happy to try out some Walgu Damba and Walgu jam on offer, which was sustainably sourced using seasonal bush food, by local Aboriginal Caterer Donna Ronan. Everyone present also loved the Lemon Myrtle Tea.
All in all, it was a great day.