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Continuing with an expanded virtual Vice-Regal program, the Governor and Mr Howard have this week engaged with representatives from  a wide variety of Victorian organisations.

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Last weekend, the Governor and Mr Howard hosted the first-ever virtual Open House Melbourne tour, as part of a re-imagined Open House Melbourne 2020, with a live-streamed tour of the State Apartments led by Mr Howard. During normal times, Mr Howard leads an extensive program of community tours at Government House, as part of the Governor’s and his commitment to making Government House as accessible as possible. To access a recording of the Governor and Mr Howard’s virtual tour of the State Apartments visit this page, and to see other videos about Government House and its modern use, visit this page.

This week, the Governor continued her meetings with the Mayors and CEOs of councils from around Victoria, speaking with the Mayor and CEO of Mitchell Shire.  Click here to read more about this virtual visit. Among other virtual meetings, the Governor also had the opportunity to speak with the Chair and CEO of LaunchVic, to hear about the many initiatives run by LaunchVic and the ways in which the organisation supports the incredibly important start-up eco-system in Victoria.  The Governor also paid a Virtual Visit to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, where she had the chance to virtually tour the facility, learning about the programs offered by this specialist STEM facility, one of six in Victoria. The Victorian Space Science Education Centre provides programs for all ages, and is aligned with the Victorian school curriculum. To read more about the fascinating programs run by the Centre, visit their website. The Governor also met with the Chair and CEO of the Victorian Institute of Teaching this week, where she heard about some of the issues facing Victorian teachers in this highly unusual year. 

This week, the Governor attended a virtual meeting of Vice-Regal representatives from around the country. In a meeting which would usually be held in person, this year each of the State Governors, the Governor-General and the Administrator of the Northern Territory discussed the ways in which Australians have been impacted by COVID-19, and the ways in which they are connecting with the various sectors of the community most affected by the pandemic and most closely involved in the response.