Sir Peter visited the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre for a tour of the facility before he and his wife helped serve lunch to and chat with some of Fremantle’s most disadvantaged people.
St Patrick’s chief executive Steve McDermott said they were honoured the Governor-General was able to visit the centre during his visit to Perth.
“It’s so encouraging that a person of such public standing and respect – the representative of Australia’s Head of State – takes this interest in the issue of homelessness,” he said.
“Australia faces increasing challenges in terms of poverty and homelessness so we are very grateful that the Governor-General is taking the time to meet our clients who are directly affected by these issues.”
Also on Sir Peter’s Fremantle itinerary was a visit to Black Swan Health, meeting staff and clients involved with health services such as Freo Street Doctor, Closing the Gap and General Practice for Young People.
Black Swan Health executive director Terina Grace said it was great to see the Governor-General show interest in community health initiatives.
“We are incredibly proud of our staff and the Black Swan Health suite of programs, and are thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase these to Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove,” she said.
“The visit was a wonderful acknowledgement of the vital services provided by our staff to people in the local community.”