NSW Governor Visit’s Dubbo Community Men’s Shed
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) The Governor of NSW and Mrs Linda Hurley visited the Dubbo Community Men’s Shed while on a visit to Dubbo on Thursday 18th February. Since the governor was appointed just over a year ago he and Mrs Hurley try to spend a few days each month in rural areas. About two months ago the governor’s private secretary Jo Dixon, made contact with Dubbo Community Men’s Shed Inc. about him wanting to visit the shed.
Well last Thursday 18th February this happened, with the Governor and Mrs Hurley attending the shed and showing great interest in the various sections and workshops of the shed from steel and fabrication to sewing machine repairs and computers that will eventually go to the Philippines. The Governor also wanted to know more about the wood working workshop with a number of community projects being worked on.
After a lot of time looking at and talking to the many shed members and being showed the workings of the shed the Governor and his wife were welcomed to the shed at ‘Smoko Time’ by Kevin Sinclair the President. After the introduction and welcome, the Governor responded by saying, how impressed he was with the shed and that he could see it was very well involved within the local community. He went on to say, what a great job Men’s Sheds were doing in the community by providing a place for many men who had nowhere to go or nothing to do. The Governor also went on to say that he made a point of visiting regional areas and he ensures during these visits, that he reaches the people who really are at the ‘coal face’ and who are hands on in the community.
At the end of his address, Mrs Hurley spontaneously asked everybody to sing a song and led all attending in ‘You are my Sunshine’ the governor’s comment was she always does this everywhere we go.
At the conclusion and before the governor left he was presented with The Dubbo Shed book ‘A Shed Load of Stories” and a plaque commemorating his visit to the Dubbo Community Men’s Shed.
On completion of the visit Governor and Mrs Hurley posed for a group photo with all members present.
A memorable day for the Dubbo Community Men’s Shed Inc.