The Captains in Sydney

On Wednesday 6 June, the Coonabarabran High School Captains, Jessie Dumble and Jarrod Lambert enjoyed periods of torrential rain when they attended a leadership program organised through NSW State Parliament and Government House.

The first session at Parliament House included available members talking to the students about how they ended up as parliamentarians, why they believe their role in NSW communities is important and why we should value our democratic society and our right to vote.  We were then taken to listen to a debate in the House about access to forests in the Dorrigo region and to listen as a law was being changed.  Schools whose local member was available had the opportunity to have a sandwich with them and have a tour of Parliament House.  Those, like us, whose local member was not available, waited.

The afternoon stop was Government House to meet Governor David Hurley, Mrs Hurley and many of the staff. We were made extremely welcome: invited to touch or sit on all furniture except the Governor’s chair which is treason if you are not the Governor or the Queen, given free range of the garden and the incredible harbour views and provided with afternoon tea, learnt the Governor had attended the Parkes Elvis Festival where he dressed as Elvis in ‘GI Blues’ . The Governor spoke to every student who attended this event.  One lucky student was given some honey from one of the hives kept and cared for by the Governor.  We were lucky to also have a long conversation with one of the six Aides-de-camp to the Governor, Lieutenant- Colonel Robert Valler, representing the navy who gives advice on protocol and represents the Governor Hurley when he is unavailable.

It was an interesting and enjoyable day.