14 Dec His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ Australian tour highlights
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall made the most of their five day tour of Australia, incorporating a string of engagements in cities spanning Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth during November.
The Prince’s Charities Australia was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness (H.R.H.) to some of our own engagements to track the progress of a number of our projects undertaken within his areas of charitable interest since our establishment in 2013.
During His Sydney visit, H.R.H. attended the official opening of a world-first mental health event – ‘Psychological Recovery following Community Disaster: An International Collaboration’. A joint initiative between PCA and Phoenix Australia, the event facilitated an international roundtable of mental health experts to develop and evaluate an internationally agreed protocol to help communities overcome the mental health impacts following natural and man-made disasters.
H.R.H. also took the time to visit and turn the first sod at The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide housing project, a partnership project between Defence Housing Australia, South Australian Government and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, facilitated by PCA.
The project will construct an eight house terrace and four mews apartments designed to enhance sustainability and a sense of community. The buildings will be the first residential homes in Australia to attain a ‘6 Star Green Star’ sustainability rating. H.R.H. spent time inspecting a model of the homes with Defence Housing Australia, the SA Government and SA Renewal representatives and turned the first sod on the construction site.
As a long-time advocate for the preservation of Indigenous Australian culture, H.R.H. toured the National Museum of Australia (NMA), where he met Indigenous artists and viewed the ‘Encounters’ exhibition. The Exhibition is a joint project between the British Museum and NMA, and H.R.H is the Patron of this major collaboration. During His visit, NMA announced an International Indigenous Cultural Scholarships program in partnership with PCA and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
The scholarship program will enable six young cultural workers from regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to undergo an intensive three-month training program, including time in London at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
It is clear that H.R.H. has a close connection and strong affection for Australia and its people and through His Prince’s Charities Australia will continue His deep engagement with the Australian community. This was The Prince of Wales’ 15th visit to Australia.