VOLUNTEERS were singled out for praise when Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited Frankston to open a centre that will be home to several community organisations.
"The social benefits these groups deliver are remarkable," Ms Bryce said.
"The volunteers who support these community groups are the backbone of our country. In this day and age we feel a need to reconnect with one another and the Ebdale Community Hub and Learning Centre will be a place for people of Frankston to come together.
"You can just see what a fantastic facility this is and what a difference it will make."
Governor-General Quentin Bryce has expressed Australians' concern over the earthquake that has caused massive damage on New Zealand's South Island.
The 7.1 magnitude quake, which struck near Christchurch at about 4.30am local time (2.30am AEST) on Saturday, has destroyed buildings and infrastructure.
A statement from Ms Bryce's office said she had called the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand, on Saturday.
"Ms Bryce said Australians were concerned and anxious to hear more news about how the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks were affecting the lives of people in ...
GOVERNOR-Genera l Quentin Bryce would not have to step aside if she was called on to settle the political deadlock in Canberra, despite Labor powerbroker Bill Shorten being her son-in-law.
Government House today released legal advice from Solicitor-General Stephen Gageler that said Ms Bryce does not have any constitutional or other legal impediment that would impede her performing her job.
In her letter to Mr Gageler, Ms Bryce said circumstances could require her to be “playing some role” in settling the deadlock and “integrity and ...