A Fond Farewell for a Dedicated Local

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has praised the dedication and unwavering commitment of local resident John Ashcroft who is stepping down from his role as president of the Cootamundra Men’s Shed after ten years.

“John’s been a tireless advocate for the Men’s Shed in Cootamundra over the years and has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of this vital community organisation,” Ms Cooke said.

“He has dedicated his time, expertise, and leadership to ensure that the Men’s Shed remains a cornerstone of support and camaraderie for the local community, providing a welcoming space for members to connect, share skills, and contribute to meaningful projects,” she said.

Ms Cooke joined with John and his wife Cathy, along with other members of the Cootamundra Men’s Shed community for a farewell event at the clubhouse on Wednesday.

“I’ve known John for a long time; before I entered into parliament he would often come and see me for a chat in my florist shop, so I was truly honoured to be able to present him with a plaque acknowledging his tireless efforts at the Men’s Shed,” Ms Cooke said.

“I certainly wish John and Cathy all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives; they will certainly be missed by the community.

“John’s departure marks the end of an era, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt by all, but I’m confident his legacy is in safe hands with new president Bill McCaskill, who I wish well in his new role,” she said.

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