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Longreach Pastoral College honoured by Governor-General visit
As part of a wider visit to Queensland’s central west, Longreach Pastoral College was honoured to receive a visit from Australia’s Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove on Friday 20 April.
Upon arrival, the Governor-General’s visiting delegation was taken on a walking tour of the main college campus, with one highlight being a demonstration of horsemanship skills provided by Instructor John Arnold, and a cohort of horsemanship students.
At the conclusion of the demonstration, Sir Peter gave a Governor-General’s medallion to John for his services to equine training, and also provided an additional medallion to be awarded at the next graduation to be held at the college.
Mark Tobin, CEO of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges said “this medallion, which will be awarded to the Horsemanship and Breeding program student who has exhibited the greatest level of improvement during their training, will be a special memento of the day the awardee graduate met with The Queen’s representative in Australia”.
To showcase the College’s ongoing commitment to training in the sheep and wool industries, Their Excellencies were also given a demonstration of some of the stud sheep and the students stock handling skills.
Over morning tea in the college dining hall, Their Excellencies met with students and staff, and a number of college supporters, including Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges CEO Mr Mark Tobin and Board Members Mrs Christine Rolfe and Mr Tony Rayner.
During this time, the Governor-General presented Mark Tobin, CEO of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, with a Governor-General’s medallion, in recognition of Longreach Pastoral College’s contribution to training in agriculture.
Mr Mark Tobin said ‘It was an honour to meet Their Excellencies, to have an opportunity to showcase our students and what we do, and for Longreach Pastoral College to be bestowed a Governor-General’s medallion acknowledging the contribution the college has made in developing workforce skills in the rural sector for the 50-plus years it has been operating”.
Photo credits: Debbie Scott