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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Perth welcomes CHOGM 2011


Chogm  = Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Every two years the Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and agree on collective policies and initiatives, working together to improve the quality of life in their countries and to build a better world. This year 53 member countries have been invited to attend this meeting, including delegates of my birth country - Mozambique.
This year it´s been held in Perth (Australia), and will include a visit to by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, giving West Australians a rare chance to see the Royal couple.
Queen and Duke arriving in Perth
The Queen and the Duke are already in Australia, having already visited Canberra and Brisbane, and will fly into Perth on Wednesday 26th.
During 11 days, a lot of cultural and sporting events will be held, more than 70 of these events being free.
Most of the city centre will be close to traffic due to security reasons, but all public transport will FREE on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, to encourage people to leave their cars at home and come and enjoy the festivities. Friday will be a public holiday in Perth.
On Saturday 29th, there will be a huge community barbecue on the Perth foreshore where everyone is invited to join Her Majesty on her final public engagement of her Australia Tour. The barbecue will run from 9am to 12,15pm, and the Queen will arrive at 11,10 and depart at 11,55am.
Around 120 barbecue stalls will be located along the river front with volunteers selling $2 sausage sizzles and $1 drinks, and the funds raised will be distributed to various charity institutions.

A lot of the representatives started flying in last Sunday, and when we drove my husband to the airport on his way to Adelaide, we noticed a lot of police activity around the roundabouts leading to both the International and the Domestic airport.
An exciting time in Perth !!



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