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The virtual Vice-Regal program continued this week, as Victorians look toward reaching vaccination thresholds, and returning to in-person activities and events. 

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The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity is a world-renowned medical research institution, and is at the forefront of Victoria and Australia’s fight against COVID-19.  This week the Governor had the opportunity to speak with Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director of the Institute, to receive an update on their vital role in the world’s struggle with the pandemic.  Learn more about the Institute and its work here

With VCE students’ final exams in the coming weeks, the Governor recorded a message to VCE students and teachers – view that message here

Some senior students in regional Victoria returned to the classroom for onsite learning at the beginning of term 4, and earlier this week the Governor and Mr Howard continued the virtual Governor in Schools program, with senior students from Beechworth Secondary College. The students are studying Legal Studies and Humanities, and their participation gave them the opportunity to ask the Governor and Mr Howard questions about the modern role of the Governor in Victoria. If you would like your school to participate in the Governor in Schools program, contact the Office of the Governor.

Among other virtual meetings and events this week, and as proud Patron of Guide Dogs Victoria, the Governor spoke at the Meet the Pups event, where the Governor and Mr Howard had the chance to acknowledge the important work of Guide Dogs Victoria staff and volunteers, and the invaluable support of donors. 

Moira Shire is home to almost 30,000 Victorians, and takes in the towns of Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga, as well as the Murray, Ovens and Goulburn Rivers, and Lake Mulwala. This week, the Governor and Mr Howard continued their program of virtual regional tours, and concluded the week with a visit to Moira Shire.  In addition to meeting with the Mayor and Councillors  for a briefing on local issues, the Governor and Mr Howard met with representatives of local business and industry including Peter and Marian Van den Goor, owners of Katunga Fresh, and Katherina and Gary Baker of Eden Farm Wellness.  The regional visit was also a chance for the Governor and Mr Howard to take a virtual tour of Cactus Country [link to website], and to speak with John Hall, Chairman and CEO, about this popular tourist destination. To learn more about Moira Shire, visit their website