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WA Governor Explores Katanning Culture and History

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, visited Katanning on February 1-3, with regional support from the GSDC. We liaised with Government House to facilitate the Governor’s trip and ensured that staff were on hand to represent the region.

Feb 20, 2022 | Read Time : 2 minutes

Drummers from the local Islamic community played a welcome for the Governor and his wife, Ms Susie Annus, as they visited the Katanning Mosque and listened to the story of the town’s many cultures. Imam Alep Mydie conducted a tour of the mosque and explained its origins in the immigration of workers from Cocos and Christmas Islands in the 1970s. The Islamic Society of Katanning presented the Governor with a model of a traditional boat and a carving of a sailfish.

The vice-regal visit also took in Kobeelya House, the Katanning Museum and meetings with the Katanning Noongar Leadership Group and the Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation.

Hazara community members provided a dinner at the Katanning Town Hall and the Governor was informed of community concerns about family members in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Top photo: The Governor received a model of a Malay boat from Imam Alep Mydie, representing the Islamic Society of Katanning.

Lower photos: The Governor was welcomed to the mosque by traditional drumming; the Governor met women from the Islamic community; a reception for the Governor (centre) included (from left) GSDC Chair Bruce Manning, Shire of Katanning CEO Julian Murphy, Shire of Katanning President Cr Liz Guidera and GSDC CEO Natasha Monks.