Community’s tireless work and service honoured at Government House

THE Governor-General hosted a dinner at Government House on June 13 to officially acknowledge the exceptional community spirit and support displayed by residents during the October 2022 flood event.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Shane Sali, attended the dinner hosted by the Hon. David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley, alongside 20 other Mayors, which aimed to recognise the ‘tireless work and service’ many Australian communities showed during their response to recent floods, fires and other natural disasters. The dinner sought to recognise the contribution made through the response, relief and recovery process, with many communities, including Greater Shepparton, still working through their individual recoveries.

GREATER SHEPPARTON COMMUNITY RECOGNISED… The Governor-General of Australia, the Hon. David Hurley and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley recently hosted a dinner at Government House to honour and recognise the contribution made by the Greater Shepparton community through its response relief to last year’s floods and to the ongoing recovery process. Pictured with the Hon. David Hurley (right) and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley is Greater Shepparton City Council mayor, Cr Shane Sali. Photo: Supplied

“Attending the dinner on behalf of Greater Shepparton was a real honour. It shows that our community’s impressive efforts were recognised on a national scale,” Cr Shane Sali said.

“The October 2022 floods were an extremely devastating time for the entire region. Everyone was affected in some way and the community was truly tested. However, through this adversity our region truly shone and proved what a resilient and supportive community we really are.”

The Governor-General visited Greater Shepparton in October last year, in the midst of the floods, to see the devastation caused to the region and to recognise the tireless work of emergency services, volunteers and community members during this time.

Cr Sali said it was fantastic to be able to repay the visit and have our region’s efforts recognised once again.

“The Greater Shepparton spirit is like no other, and the community should be extremely proud of how it handled the October 2022 flood event,” he said.