Vice-Regal News

On Thursday in Tokyo, His Excellency the Governor continued his working visit to Japan to promote South Australia.

In the morning at The National Diet of Japan, the Governor met with the Chair, Mr Ichiro Aisawa, and members of the Japan-Australia Dietmembers’ League. 

In the afternoon the Governor hosted a business roundtable with the Executive Council of the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and representatives of South Australian industry.

Later the Governor met with the Australian Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency the Hon Richard Court AC and the Senior Trade Commissioner (Tokyo) Mr Brett Cooper.

Afterwards the Governor officially opened the South Australian Trade and Investment Office in the Australian Embassy.

In the evening the Governor hosted a business networking function: South Australia in Japan ‑ Building our Connections.

On Thursday morning in Adelaide, Her Excellency Professor Brenda Wilson, as Governor’s Deputy, presided over a meeting of the Executive Council.

In the afternoon at Government House, the Governor’s Deputy hosted a luncheon for the Chair, board and staff members, sponsors, benefactors and artists of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.

The Governor has appointed The Honourable Chris Kourakis to be Governor’s Deputy from the evening of Thursday 7th March until Saturday 9th March 2019.

On Wednesday morning in Kobe, His Excellency the Governor continued his working visit to Japan to promote South Australia.

In the morning the Governor met with senior executives of Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI) to discuss South Australia’s hydrogen economy and exports, followed by a visit to the KHI’s hydrogen port facilities, before departing for Tokyo.

In the afternoon in Tokyo, the Governor attended the 44th International Food and Beverage Exhibition (FoodEx), Asia’s leading international food and beverage fair, where, together with the Hon David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, he met South Australian food exporters and distributors.

In the morning at the Adelaide Pavilion, Mrs Le addressed the gathering at a function in celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by Women in Rotary D9500 & D9520.

On Tuesday in Okayama, His Excellency the Governor continued his working visit to Japan to promote South Australia.

In the morning the Governor met with Mr Kairyu Takahashi, Speaker of the Okayama Prefectural Assembly, and viewed a sitting of the Assembly.  After the Governor visited the Korakuen Castle Gardens.

In the afternoon the Governor participated in a function hosted by the SA-Okayama Friendship Association and Okayama Department of Industry.

Afterwards at Soja Minami High School, the Governor addressed students and presented messages from sister schools in South Australia to: Soja Minami High School from Grant High School (Mount Gambier); Takahashi High School from Norwood Morialta High School; and Sozan High School from Sacred Heart College.

The Governor then departed for Kobe where, in the evening, he attended a function hosted by the Australian Consul‑General, Mr David Lawson, with members of the Kobe Japan‑Australia Society.

In the morning at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Seaton, Mrs Le attended the Women’s Opening Day followed by a morning tea.

During the day students from St Thomas Primary School toured Government House.

On Monday in Okayama, a sister‑state to South Australia for 25 years, His Excellency the Governor commenced his working visit to Japan to promote South Australia.

In the afternoon the Governor met with Mr David Lawson, Australia’s Consul‑General and Senior Trade Commissioner (Osaka).

Later in the afternoon the Governor met with Mr Ryuta Ibaragi, the Governor of Okayama, and in the evening received a welcome reception and attended a dinner held in his honour by Governor Ibaragi.

On Sunday morning His Excellency the Governor departed on a working visit to Japan to promote South Australia.

The Governor has appointed Professor Brenda Wilson to be Governor’s Deputy from Sunday 3rd March until Thursday 7th March 2019.

On Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Oval, Port Pirie, His Excellency the Governor officially opened the new Port Pirie Regional Council’s Sports Precinct, before returning to Adelaide.

In the evening at Norwood, the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Le, addressed the gathering at the 9th annual Norwood Greek Cultural Festival organised by Greek Orthodox Community & Parish of Prophet Elias.

On Friday afternoon at Government House, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le received His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador to the European Union and Their Excellencies the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, and the High Commissioner for Cyprus, followed by a luncheon.

Afterwards at South Coast District Hospital, Victor Harbor, the Governor conducted a special investiture and presented the insignia for an award in the Order of Australia to Mr John Pope OAM.

On Thursday morning His Excellency the Governor presided over a meeting of the Executive Council.

In the evening at Government House, the Governor and Mrs Le hosted a reception for the Adelaide Festival Chairman's Circle.

On Wednesday morning at Government House, His Excellency the Governor received The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

In the afternoon at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Governor attended a function hosted by The Carbine Club of South Australia for Superloop Adelaide 500.

In the evening at Government House, the Governor and Mrs Le hosted a reception for the launch of the Leaders Institute of South Australia’s 2019 Governor’s Leadership Program.

Later the Governor and Mrs Le hosted a dinner in honour of South Australians honoured in the 2019 South Australian and Australian of the Year awards.  Guests included The Honourable Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Premier representing the Premier; Mr Peter Malinauskas MP, Leader of the Opposition and Mrs Annabel Malinauskas; Mr Houssam Abiad, Chair, Australia Day Council of South Australia and Mrs Ava Abiad; Dr Richard Harris SC OAM, 2019 Australian of the Year and Mrs Fiona Harris; Miss Eleni Glouftsis, South Australian Finalist Young Australian of the Year and Mr Dillon Tee; and Mrs Megan McLoughlin, South Australian Finalist South Australia’s Local Hero and Mr Mark McLoughlin.

On Tuesday morning at Government House, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le received Miss Kacee Verco, recipient of a SACE Merit Award; Mr Geoff Verco and Ms Bernadette Head, and Councillor Carol Martin OAM JP.

In the afternoon the Governor received Associate Professor William Tam, President, Australian Medical Association (South Australia) and Associate Professor Lesley Long AM, followed by a luncheon.

Later Mrs Le hosted an afternoon tea for Board Members and Volunteers from Grandparents for Grandchildren SA.

On Monday afternoon at Government House, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le received Mr Tony Metcalf OAM, Chairman, The Order of Australia Association, South Australian Branch and Mrs Cheryl Metcalf, and Mr Ken Coventry OAM, immediate past Chairman and Mrs Dianne Coventry, followed by a luncheon.

On Saturday morning at Hackney, His Excellency the Governor attended the South Australia Shabbat organised by The Jewish Community Council of South Australia and the Beit Shalom Synagogue.

In the evening at Victoria Square, Adelaide, the Governor addressed the gathering at the 27th Mela Festival organised by the Indian Australian Association of South Australia.

On Friday afternoon at Nuriootpa, His Excellency the Governor addressed the guests at the 2019 Country Press SA Conference.

In the evening at Findon, the Governor and Mrs Le attended the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Greek Welfare Centre SA.

On Thursday morning His Excellency the Governor presided over a meeting of the Executive Council.

In the evening at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia, the Governor officially launched the exhibition Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity.

Afterwards the Governor officially launched the renovated St Basil’s Home at St Peters.

On Wednesday morning at Government House, His Excellency the Governor hosted a morning tea to welcome a delegation of the Adelaide Convention Bureau and top achievers from the Chinese company Nu Skin.

In the afternoon the Governor hosted an afternoon tea for visiting East and West African street and visual artists participating in the Sanaa: A Better World Creativity project at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

Later in the afternoon at Hindmarsh, Mrs Le officially launched the renewed Grieflink website, a joint project between the National Association for Loss and Grief (South Australia) and the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide.

On Tuesday afternoon in Adelaide, His Excellency the Governor addressed the guests at the Chinese Welfare Services of SA’s Lunar New Year and Birthday celebrations.

In the evening at Government House, the Governor and Mrs Le hosted a reception for the Hutt Street Centre to present the Inspiring Achievement Awards.

Afterwards at Parliament House, the Governor and Mrs Le attended a reception for the Veterans Advisory Council hosted by The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

On Monday evening Mrs Le attended a function hosted by the Queen Adelaide Club at its premises.

On Sunday morning at St Marys, Mrs Le, accompanied by the Governor, placed a wreath and presented an award at the 77th anniversary of Radji Beach Massacre Bangka Day Memorial Service of the South Australian Women's Memorial Playing Fields Trust. 

In the evening at Parafield Gardens, the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Le, addressed the guests at a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the Overseas Chinese Association of SA.

On Saturday morning in Adelaide, His Excellency the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Le, addressed the guests at the Muslim Women’s Association South Australia’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

In the afternoon at Mile End, the Governor presented medals at the Athletics SA 2019 State Track and Field Championships.

In the evening at Unley, the Governor toured the St Spyridon Church, met with volunteers and viewed exhibits at the 2019 Unley Greek Festival organised by the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Community.

Later in Adelaide, the Governor and Mrs Le attended a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the Australian Chinese Medical Association of South Australia.

 

On Friday morning at Government House, His Excellency the Governor hosted a morning tea for a visiting executive delegation from the US organised by the Government of South Australia called Bridging Silicon Valley to Australia’s Future Industries.  The Hon David Pisoni MP, Minster for Industry and Skills, Mr Alistair Walton, Consul-General of Australia in New York and Mr Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur, Government of South Australia, were also in attendance.

In the evening at Tandanya Theatre, Adelaide, the Governor and Mrs Le attended the performance of ‘Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War’.

On Thursday morning His Excellency the Governor presided over a meeting of the Executive Council.

In the afternoon at Government House, the Governor received Mr Rick Persse, Chief Executive, and Ms Susan Cameron, Executive Director, Learning Improvement, Department for Education.

 

On Wednesday morning at the Adelaide Convention Centre, His Excellency the Governor attended the 2019 annual breakfast hosted by Reconciliation SA to commemorate the Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Later at Government House, the Governor received Mr Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President, Regional Council of Brittany and accompanying delegation, followed by a luncheon.

On Tuesday morning at St Peter’s Cathedral, together with members of the SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, His Excellency the Governor attended a service to mark the beginning of the 2019 State Parliamentary Year.

In the evening at University of South Australia, the Governor attended an address entitled Welcome to an Enterprising 2019 by the Chancellor, Ms Pauline Carr.

Afterwards at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the Governor attended a State Dinner hosted by the Premier, the Honourable Steven Marshall MP, in honour of the South Australia-Brittany Sister-Region Relationship, on the occasion of the first official visit to South Australia by Mr Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany.

On Monday morning at Government House, Mrs Le hosted a morning tea for members of the Probus Club of Burnside, followed by a tour.

In the afternoon His Excellency the Governor received Mr Douglas Gautier AM, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre.

On Saturday evening in Chinatown, Adelaide, the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Le, addressed the gathering at the Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year street party.

On Friday afternoon at Government House, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le received Mrs Cintra Amos and Ms Gillian Lewis, Co-Convenors of the Adelaide White Ribbon breakfast and their partners, followed by a luncheon.

In the evening at the Adelaide Oval, the Governor and Mrs Le attended the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia’s 3rd annual Rhino gala event.

On Thursday morning His Excellency the Governor presided over a meeting of the Executive Council.

Later at Government House, the Governor received His Excellency Mr Chris Cannan, Australian Ambassador to Israel.

On Wednesday evening at Adelaide Oval, His Excellency the Governor delivered the keynote address at an event hosted by The Tax Institute.

Afterwards at the National Wine Centre, the Governor attended a function hosted by the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry to welcome His Excellency Mr Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests of the United Kingdom of Morocco.

On Tuesday morning in the grounds of Government House, the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Le, addressed the guests and presented awards at the 2019 Merit Ceremony to Year 12 students who achieved academic excellence. The ceremony was hosted by the SACE Board of South Australia.

On Monday evening at Ottoway, His Excellency the Governor addressed the gathering at a Lunar New Year Spring Festival, hosted by The South Australia Zhu-Lin Buddhist Association.