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The Governor and Mr Howard, as part of a series of thank you events, hosted a thank you concert and brunch reception on Saturday for front line and essentials workers and first responders.

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Among those invited were representatives from the many organisations that worked towards keeping Victorians safe during 2020, especially during 2019-20 summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Attendees represented a range of organisations and services including emergency services, charities, hospitals, COVID-19 testers, the Australian Defence Force, and those contributing to food and supply chains.   

During the event, guests were entertained by a concert curated by Arts Centre Melbourne.  This concert included performances by Emma Donovan, Ali McGregor, Joel Ma, Silvie Paladino, Kane Alexander and Mark Jones. Engaging these artists is also part of the Governor and Mr Howard’s commitment to supporting Victoria’s creative industries which were so challenged by the pandemic.  

The mural commissioned by the Governor and Mr Howard in 2020 by renowned street artist Heesco™ was on display at Government House for the final time before it is transported to its permanent home in Yarram, as part of the Heescotown™ project.  The Governor will be visiting Yarram to formally unveil the mural in its new location in the coming months. 

The mural was commissioned to recognise and thank the many frontline workers who have cared for Victorians through the devastating summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more about the mural here.  

Welcoming assembled guests to Government House on Saturday, the Governor acknowledged their important role in Victoria’s recovery:

“Tony and I are delighted for the opportunity to welcome you all to Government House, to thank you for everything you have done to support our State across the challenges of the past year or so”, the Governor said. 

“You have served us, and continue to serve us in so many ways. Some on the frontline, with your courageous work clearly visible. Some working in roles that take place more behind closed doors. Every single one of you helping to look after us and our State.”