Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
On Tuesday 1 June 2021, Their Excellencies General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Mrs Linda Hurley hosted an event at Government House in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. Guests included Ms Lani Barnes, Assistant Director, Airbag Taskforce, Vehicle Safety Standards, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional; Ms Charmaine Barratt, Staff Member, Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm; Ms Sharna Bartley, Assistant Director, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Branch, Services Australia; Mr Adrian Baxter, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm Unit, Health System Planning and Evaluation, ACT Health Directorate; Mr Brendan Bowman, Director, Cities and Regional Deals Policy, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; Mr Craig Breen, Projects Officer, Security branch, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; Mr Damien Coke, Chief Operations Officer, Reconciliation Australia; Ms Bek Hendriks, Director, Human Resources, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; Mr Josh Kelly, Policy Officer, Indigenous Policy Section, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health; Ms Carla Knight; Artist; Pitta Pitta, Waluwarra Woman; Ms Tenee Rotumah-Finlay, Staff Member, Public Health Section, Department of Health; Mr Scott Sadler AM, Executive Branch Manager, National Arboretum and Stromlo Forest Park, Aunty Violet Sheridan, Elder, Ngunnawal People; Ms Mikayla Thomas, Acting Project Manager, ACT Property Group, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate; Mr David Witham, Aboriginal Counsellor, Southern NSW Local Health District.
Afterwards, the Governor-General received Ms Emily Luck, Head-of-Mission Designate, Independent State of Samoa, in the Chancery.
Then, the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley, as guests of Mr Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, visited the National Arboretum Canberra to plant a tree in the Central Valley.