23 September 2022

More stock of the late Queen's portrait expected to arrive at local MP's office

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Member for Riverina Michael McCormack with Temora Shire Council Mayor Rick Firman, Deputy Mayor Graham Sinclair, Cr Max Oliver, Cr Belinda Bushell and student leaders from Temora High and Temora Public Schools at the tree-planting ceremony. Photo: Supplied.

Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Member for Riverina’s office has received requests for the late Queen’s free portraits.

As part of the federal Constituents’ Request Program, Australians are entitled to request free ”nationhood materials”, including the national flag, recordings of the national anthem and a free portrait of the head of the Commonwealth from their local MP.

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said his office had received dozens of requests for the portrait of the late Queen since her passing.

“The Wagga Wagga office is currently out of stock, however, there are more portraits expected to be delivered in the coming days,” Mr McCormack said.

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“The portrait of the Queen will continue to be available, subject to stock availability.”

Mr McCormack said the portrait of the new King Charles III would be made available in due course.

Last Friday (16 September), Mr McCormack joined Temora Shire Council and students from Temora High School and Temora Public School to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years of service to the Commonwealth with a tree-planting ceremony.

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An English oak was planted at Callaghan Park in Temora as part of the Federal Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program. Photo: Supplied.

As part of the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program, an English oak tree was planted at Callaghan Park and a plaque was unveiled.

Mr McCormack shared on his social media he was honoured to join the occasion with Temora Mayor Rick Firman and students to mark the Queen’s service.

“Lexie Wood and Lizzie West from Temora High and Lily Reid, Liana Wiencke, Regan Blachut and Milla Carnie from Temora Public were wonderful ambassadors for their schools and families for this historic occasion,” Mr McCormack said.

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“Each helped to shovel some soil on the special tree, a nice touch on a significant occasion.

“In my address, I told the students that when they walked past the sturdy mature oak in years to come with their children and grandchildren they will be able to say – ‘I helped plant that’.”

Cr Firman shared on his social media that the council was deeply honoured to host Mr McCormack and pleased to have several councillors, Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and student leaders present.

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