Read about the Governor’s Regional Tour in February 2024.

From 13 – 16 February 2024, the Governor participated in an official visit to Ararat, Moyne and Warrnambool.

With a busy program of engagements, the tour was a chance to gain an insight into the communities, businesses and institutions that are based in this part of the State.

Briefings with Ararat Rural City Council, Moyne Shire Council and Warrnambool City Council outlined local issues and opportunities, which were reinforced by engagements with community members.

The regional visit highlighted the impact of innovation, education, and volunteering in these communities.

Key themes

Industry and innovation

  • As part of the visit to Ararat, the Governor toured local businesses AME Systems and Gason to meet with workers and hear about their innovative approaches, which are delivering significant benefits to the local community.

  • A tour of the Ararat Jobs & Technology Precinct at the Federation University campus offered an insight into what opportunities lie ahead for the region in terms of research and future industries.

  • Similarly, a visit to the Hycel Technology Hub at the Deakin University Warrnambool campus demonstrated how hydrogen research is advancing a clean energy transition.


  • A visit to South West TAFE showcased the breadth of educational opportunities on offer – with everything from a hair beauty and wellness academy, to nursing training facilities, and even model cattle for students to learn agricultural skills to equip them for work in the industry.

  • With Woodford Primary School set to celebrate its 170th Anniversary in the coming months, the Governor was honoured to unveil a plaque to commemorate this significant milestone.

  • Furthermore, a visit to the Hopkins Correctional Centre was also a chance to see the facilities and learn more about the educational initiatives available to people involved in the justice system.

Community organisations

  • Civic receptions and roundtables held in all three of the areas were a chance to hear about current issues and visions for the future, as well as to seek insights into the challenges and rewards of leading an organisation in the local community.

  • Additional visits to the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, Warrnambool Art Gallery and the Warrnambool RSL Veterans Support Centre showed the enterprise and energy that continues to thrive in this region.

Background information


Ararat Rural City has a population of over 11,000 and is situated 198km west of Melbourne on the Western Highway which connects the region to Adelaide.

It is the gateway to the world-renowned Grampians Region and is characterised by huge horizons, spectacular mountain scapes and a vibrant sense of community health and wellbeing.

Advanced manufacturing, agriculture, food and wine production, construction, healthcare and tourism experiences underpin the economy.

For more information, visit Ararat Rural City Council.


Moyne Shire is located in South West Victoria and stretches along the Shipwreck Coast in the south to the pastoral areas in the north.

The shire is characterised by agriculture, fresh seafood, manufacturing and a healthy tourism industry.

The dairy industry is the dominant form of agriculture, however sheep production and cereal crops are growing in size. manufacturing, health, retail and education are other important sectors.

For more information, visit Moyne Shire Council.


Warrnambool is the principal service centre for south-western Victoria, as well as being a popular retirement and tourist destination.

The city boasts a campus of Deakin University and contains a significant health-care sector.

Major industries and services include retail, tourism, education, health, dairy, meat processing and construction.

For more information, visit Warrnambool City Council.