Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II To Open CHOGM

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II To Open CHOGM

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Premier Welcomes Announcement Of Queen’s Attendance At CHOGM 2011

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett today welcomed the announcement by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth on Friday, October 28.

CHOGM 2011 will be the biggest event to be held in Perth for almost 50 years, with the leaders of more than 50 Commonwealth nations set to participate.

“I have already said that this meeting of Commonwealth leaders will be the highlight of 2011.” Premier Barnett said.

“This announcement today reinforces just how important a year 2011 will be for Western Australia and the real opportunity we have to show our capital at its very best on the world stage.”



“With The Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday moving to October 28, it is fitting that West Australians will get to celebrate the occasion with The Queen on that day.”

Detailed planning for The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s attendance at CHOGM 2011 would be stepped-up following today’s confirmation, however the Premier said the public would have the chance to see them during the event.

“We have announced cultural and sporting events to coincide with CHOGM and now The Queen’s attendance is confirmed, I’m sure it will add to people’s excitement about this event.” Premier Barnett said.

“This will mark The Queen’s eighth visit to WA and her visit will be of particular significance to Perth’s high British migrant population.  West Australians have fond memories of Past Royal visits and many will remember when the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Commonwealth Games in 1962.”

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh last visited WA in 2000.

Premier Barnett said the State Government was providing $2.2 Million for refurbishment works and alterations at Government House so that it could be used to host potential CHOGM 2011 events.

“The Ballroom, specifically the Supper Room and adjoining external terrace, is in need of maintenance works and alterations to maintain its standing as a place suitable for Regal, Vice Regal, community and public functions.” Premier Barnett said.

“Completion of the work will not only enable Government House to support key CHOGM 2011 events but also ensure appropriate facilities are provided for ongoing use by community and public organisations.” Premier Barnett said.

The project would include remedial works to stabilise foundations and other structural and general weatherproofing alterations to the Supper Room level.  It also includes the upgrade of catering facilities and equipment, and toilet facilities to service the dining area in the Supper Room.

CHOGM 2011 will be more than just a meeting of world leaders. The State and Federal governments, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Secretariat, are planning a business forum, youth forum, sporting events and a cultural festival.

It will attract more than 4,000 People to WA and current estimates are that this will result in a direct economic impact of $80 Million additional expenditure in the State from visitor spending and spending by the Federal Government on venues, accommodation, security, dinners and receptions.