Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey makes historic visit to Macleay Island State School

QUEENSLAND Governor Paul de Jersey has made a historic visit to Macleay Island State School during his sixth visit to Redlands since being sworn in.

Accompanied by his wife Kaye, Mr de Jersey also toured the Macleay Island Arts Complex, received a briefing from Redland City Council at Cleveland and hosted a tea for schools, businesses and community organisations at the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

It was the first visit by a Queensland governor to the Macleay Island school.

Mr de Jersey said that his role allowed him to travel throughout Queensland meeting students experiencing school in different ways.

He said that he was sure Macleay Island would be a magical place to live and go to school.

"You would certainly be the envy of many students from the mainland," Mr de Jersey said.

"Just a few weeks ago I visited schools in Camooweal and Dajarra, which are tiny communities in the outback near Mount Isa.

"The settings could not be more different from Macleay Island.

"Instead of Moreton Bay and sandy banks, students in the outback are surrounded by endless plains of red and the biggest blue skies you can imagine.

"Many students from these areas have never seen the ocean, let alone fished from a boat or taken a swim."

Mr de Jersey told the students that learning gave them the freedom to choose what they wanted to do when they were older.

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