I take this opportunity to congratulate those involved in the men’s sheds at Camperdown, Winchelsea and Anglesea. Last Friday the Camperdown men’s shed received $20 000 from the state Labor government for heating and cooling. I record my thanks to Len Wiseman, Alan Thompson and Graeme Fischer for all their hard work in ensuring that the building and the shed are now fully functioning.
On Monday this week the Winchelsea men’s shed organisation received $40 000 for a new shed. Special thanks go to John Bader and his team, and Peter Bromley from the Shire of Surf Coast, who guided the group, as well as the Anglesea men’s shed group, which received $50 000 last Monday for a new shed. Congratulations go to Paul Jacklin and his team.
What kept shining through on Friday and Monday was the pride and sense of satisfaction on the faces of all those involved, including the people in the partnership organisations such as the local council, the Camperdown Pastoral and Agricultural Society, the community house, the community garden, Victoria Police, bowls clubs, the community bank and schools. This is true community: fulfilling a local need and connecting people who want to contribute to making a better town in an organised and clear manner whilst having fun. One cannot help but be impressed by this Labor government initiative and all the people who are now totally engaged in this program.
Both Friday’s and Monday’s events again showed that when local communities, local government and the state Labor government work closely together, we can achieve so much.