Governor General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley with Blue Mountains families
Governor General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley with Blue Mountains families

 

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, accompanied by Mrs Linda Hurley, visited St Thomas Aquinas Primary, Springwood on Saturday 11 July to speak with students and families who lost their homes in the October 2013 bushfires.

Governor Hurley said he seized the opportunity to see first-hand how the rebuilding is progressing, ‘but really just to meet people and hear their own stories face-to-face.’ 

‘I hope it's the first of many more visits to the Blue Mountains to come,’ he said

He said he was ‘pleased to be able to personally congratulate’ St Thomas Aquinas, Springwood Principal, Sergio Rosato, for being awarded a Gold Papal Medal last year for his service to his community at a time when his own home had been destroyed by the bushfire.


Governor Hurley thanking St Thomas Aquinas students for their story
Governor Hurley thanking St Thomas Aquinas students for their story

He also said it was heartwarming to know that many people are moving back into their streets and that strong community support and initiatives were continuing.

‘From what I've heard here today, people went through a tumultuous experience and had very little or no warning because the fire spread so quickly - these were very difficult situations that were different for everyone,’ Governor Hurley said. ‘Yes, nearly two years have passed, but that's not the end of it all. It's far from it.’


The commemorative plaque set on Blue Mountains sandstone
The commemorative plaque set on Blue Mountains sandstone

Sergio showed General Hurley the school's commemorative garden that serves as a permanent reminder of the care and effort shown by staff when leading the children to safety when the bushfires struck.

 

Written By

CathEd Parra

CathEd Parra
www.parra.catholic.edu.au

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