Building community spirit
WHEN the Wooli SES put out the call for help, members from the Grafton U3A Men's Shed were only too happy to respond.
Knocking up a demo house in a matter of hours from timber donated by Bunnings, the men gave their time and energy to the job at hand.
The end result was a cubby-sized display house, which will be used by Wooli SES volunteers to demonstrate the benefits of good home maintenance.
SES Wooli-Yuraygir unit controller Ann Mara said the idea was to create a replica house to show people what could happen if gutters weren't properly maintained.
"Most of the problems we run into at Wooli are maintenance issues," said Mrs Mara.
"When litter builds up in the gutter and the water can't get away, it can run under the eaves and damage ceilings and walls.
"We thought if we could show people how it happens, it might help them understand."
Down the track, Mrs Mara said, the house would be used to show volunteers how to place a tarpaulin over a damaged roof.
The 'cubby' was on display at the Goanna Pulling Championships in Wooli yesterday.
Meanwhile, Grafton Men's Shed U3A member David Abrahams said the display house was one of two gifts donated by the club in the past few weeks.
The second project, two sandboxes, was delivered to Grafton Community Health and will assist children undergoing therapy.
"It's all part of the community work the shed does," said Mr Abrahams.
The Grafton U3A Men's Shed was established in 2005;
35 members are registered, with about 26-28 attending each week;
New members are always welcome and are invited to come along for a look before taking up membership;
Open Wednesdays 8am-3pm;
The Grafton Men's Shed is located at the Village Industrial Complex, Gate 1, North St, Grafton.