NSW Governor Margaret Beazley became emotional on Tuesday as she spoke about her relationship with the state's Indigenous people.
Ms Beazley is visiting Dubbo for NAIDOC Week with her husband Dennis Wilson, who grew up in Dubbo. The theme of this year's NAIDOC is Voice, Treaty, Truth.
On Monday the governor visited the Yalmambirra Boogijoon Doolan Youth Camp at Balladoran, run by Ralph Naden, as well as location like the Yarruwala Youth and Family Services Centre and the Volunteer Rescue Association in Dubbo.
On Tuesday morning she joined the Evelyn Barker Memorial Walk and following morning tea, where she addressed the crowd.
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Tears filled Ms Beazley's eyes as she spoke about her swearing in, which was the first time she had experienced a smoking ceremony.
"I did feel emotional [during the speech] and I felt emotional for a couple of hours afterwards because over the last few days we have really heard heart rending stories and stories of people succeeding nonetheless and those are quite beautiful stories to celebrate. And perhaps even more significantly, to celebrate it during NAIDOC Week," she said.
The Governor said as someone who was new to the role, her ears were open.
"I want to listen to you. I want to hear the stories and I want to hear the problems and I particularly want to celebrate the amazing successes of you all," she said.
"I want to think about integration, and when I say integration I actually talk about the way these communities can work together, live together and support one another. And unless I listen, I won't know what's going on."
Ms Beazly said she had had an extraordinary time in Dubbo and the surrounding areas.
The governor said to her, NAIDOC Week was a time for celebration.
"It means the celebration of the Indigenous community. But the celebration as I would like to see it, and I think I felt that today, is the celebration of the Indigenous community and the wider community. I think the people in Dubbo do that extraordinarily well," she said.