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(L-R) Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Tony Martella and Stephen McDermott at Fremantle Town Hall on 15 March


By Rhiannon Riches
Assistant Editor


Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove witnessed the difference optometrists can make when he visited the eye health clinic at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle on 15 March.

As guests of the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s chief executive officer, Stephen McDermott, and chairman, Dr Patrick Colgan, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove served the lunch meal and met with clients, staff and volunteers.

City of Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt hosted a civic reception at the Fremantle Town Hall Centre for Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove in the evening to publicly thank and acknowledge local community leaders and volunteers.

Optometry Western Australia CEO Tony Martella was among the guests. Optometry WA members volunteer their services at the eye health clinic, which is open three days each week.

Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove also met with ‘Fremantle Street Doctor’ service providers, ‘Orange Sky Laundry’ volunteers, ‘Closing the Gap: Aboriginal Health Program’ staff and clients, and ‘Partners in Recovery, Healthy Minds and Headspace’ service providers.

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