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Her Excellency’s first official visit to the Peel Region

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

On Tuesday, 20th February, Her Excellency undertook her first official visit to the Peel Region visiting Whitby, Fairbridge and Mandurah including Coodanup College.

The Regional Visit Program is an opportunity for the Governor to engage with and express appreciation to community representatives and the many other people and groups that make up the fabric of our rural communities. It also enables the Governor to learn more about the region’s initiatives.

In Peel, Her Excellency was briefed about the area’s important projects and initiatives, met with community members and viewed the Mandurah estuary while meeting with many community members, and being briefed on the birds and dolphins which were spotted.

“The Peel Region evinces a strong sense of community and collaboration. It was exciting to see the many ways in which local governments and other groups, often with the support of the Peel Development Commission, are collaborating to harness the strengths and opportunities of community members and surrounding natural environments, for the benefit of the Region.” Her Excellency said.

“It is clear that Peel is going through an exciting period of growth. Its tourism potential continues to grow and it was good to learn about new developments underway through Transform Peel including the Peel Business Park and Food Zone, which will drive economic opportunity in this rapidly growing Region.

“The expansion of services at Whitby Falls Farm in conjunction with Murdoch University is a great example of collaboration, community engagement, and keeping local history alive. I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting students at Coodanup College, including students and staff with Clontarf, the Girls Academy and Inspire as well as those studying catering where students provided a wonderful afternoon tea and are clearly receiving a very relevant learning experience.”

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Media articles

‘WA Governor visits Fairbridge Village as part of wider Peel Region trip’, Mandurah Coastal Times

‘WA Governor visits Coodanup College’, Mandurah Mail

‘Governor optimistic about future of Peel Region’, Coast Live FM 


In Fairbridge the Governor undertook the following activities:

Whitby Falls and Whitby Falls Farm

Brief History of Whitby Falls and tour of Murdoch University’s farm (cattle facility, falls and the old building).

  • Whitby Falls is a heritage listed site and has been under a Management Order to the National Trust of Australia (WA) since June 2010. Murdoch University entered into a long-term lease with the Trust in November 2013 and have been working to restore the farm to a fully operational state. The University is currently investigating opportunities to develop the farm as a multipurpose educational, research and community facility consistent with its heritage values, through the development of a Master Plan for the property.
  • Currently Murdoch University Veterinary students complete practical lessons with sheep and cattle at this State of the Art cattle facility.

Fairbridge Club House

Morning tea with community representatives, including a welcome to country from Mr Harry Nannup, an Aboriginal dance performance by Bindjareb Middars, and presentations from Mr Dean Unsworth (CEO) Shire of Murray, Mr Scott Hambley (consultant) and Ms Deborah McLeod (CEO) from Bedingfield Aged Care Expansion Project, and Ms Merri Harris, SJ Food & Farm Alliance.

Met with Transform Peel partners.

  • Transform Peel comprises three integrated, strategic elements:  a 42,000 ha Peel Food Zone, a 1,000 ha Peel Business Park and the Peel Integrated Water Initiative.  It is a 35 year project which is expected to culminate in $16.2 billion pa economic output by completion in 2050. 


In Mandurah the Governor undertook the following activities:

Mandurah Cruises Boat Cruise around Mandurah Estuary with Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams, a welcome to country from Mr George Walley, and briefings from Ms Karen Priest (CEO), Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation Inc, Dr Steve Fisher (Science Advisor) Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and Mr Bob Pond, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), accompanied by other community members.

Coodanup College

In Coodanup the Governor undertook the following activities:

Tour of various programs including Clontarf, the Girls Academy, Inspire, and meet and greet with school students, Principal and school leadership team.

Afternoon tea catered by hospitality students from Coodanup College, including presentations from community initiatives “Peel Bright Minds” – Ms Charlie Jones and “Peel says No to violence” – Professor Sue Fyfe.

  • Coodanup College is on the traditional land of the Binjareb people and caters for approximately 700 students in Years 7-12 with multiple program structures to meet individual educational needs of students.
  • ‘Peel Says No to Violence’ is a community project to help raise awareness, understanding and take action to prevent domestic and family violence in the Peel region.
  • ‘Peel Bright Minds’ is a joint initiative of Peel region stakeholders and Inspiring Australia. It was formed with the knowledge that Peel people will need to adapt to have the necessary skills and characteristics for the future workforce and to prepare for this they need engagement, education and capability building in Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (ESTEAM).