Speeches delivered by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.

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"We thank Your Royal Highnesses, whose visit has been the catalyst to gather this talent, and this promise, with us today at Government House.'
Within the botanical illustrations we see this evening, we can sense the reverence for nature and history. We can revel in the nuanced colour, texture and form.
'I take a particular pleasure this evening that the Fire Gardens installation forms a collaboration between the Festival and the Royal Botanic Gardens.'
'Some of you have family or friends who have been through, or are currently on the difficult journey of MND. Others simply want to lend a hand.'
'Grey hair is no longer seen as a deterrent to a full and rich participation in life in whatever way we choose.'
'What better way to cap off this visit than with this launch of Australia Fest, which will celebrate Australian creativity and sporting talent.'
'The program will enable one thousand children in Indian schools and clubs to participate in a Ballkid training program.'
'I think sport is one of the important links between us. Perhaps it explains why the largest Indian community in Australia resides in our State!'