The majority of the Werris Creek community gathered together on Saturday 6 December 2014 to see open their new Community Shed opened. The community decided not to have a men's shed but instead to have a 'Community Shed' open to women and men and in fact, the shed is available to anyone in the community. Already it is clear that some fine work is being done in the new Shed.
The Community Shed project was funded by Shenhua Watermark - $118,284; Federal Government - $80,000; State Government - $52,500 and Grain Corp - $10,000.
Mr Wang Ningbo, Chief Executive Officer of Shenhua led a strong representation from the Shenhua Watermark Project.
Both Mr Joyce and Mr Windsor spoke with fondness of their earlier years living in the Werris Creek community and Mr Anderson added his voice in praise of the very strong community feeling in Werris Creek.
Mr Wang said that "Shenhua first became involved with this project in 2012, when the Community Shed was granted $118,000 in funding from the Shenhua Watermark Community Fund." The Community Shed is one of over 30 different projects at local clubs, associations, schools and many other community facilities supported by the Community Fund over the past five years.
"Being deeply involved in the local community is a key part of how Shenhua has conducted its business since coming to this region in 2009. This philosophy will underpin how we operate in the future should our Project be approved. The Shenhua team is already active in local community groups such as Meals on Wheels, our local indigenous child care centre, the Chamber of Commerce and we will continue to encourage this engagement into the future." Mr Wang said.
The formal opening of the Shed was shared by The Hon Barnaby Joyce and Mr Wang Ningbo from Shenhua as a few welcome drops of rain fell.
The Hon Barnaby Joyce, Federal Member of Parliament and Mr Wang Ningbo, CEO Shenhua Watermark, unveiling the plaque to commemorate the official opening of the Werris Creek Community Shed.