U3A secretary David Abrahams, Bob Cuming, U3A president David Morgan, Derek Latimer and Mick Brown check out some of their handiwork at the U3A open day at The Men’s Shed in the Grafton brewery complex. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
U3A secretary David Abrahams, Bob Cuming, U3A president David Morgan, Derek Latimer and Mick Brown check out some of their handiwork at the U3A open day at The Men’s Shed in the Grafton brewery complex. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Final push for Men’s Shed

A MEN'S shed for the Iluka-Woombah area is tantalisingly close to becoming a reality but it needs community support to nudge it over the line.

It can't come soon enough for the 80 or so men from the surrounding area keen to don their aprons, fire up the power tools and get to work at the site chosen near Johnson's Lane.

While funding has so far come from many quarters - including $40,000 from the Clarence Valley Council, State Government funding and money from the federally-funded Australian Men's Shed Association- a further $30,000 is needed for the cladding and internal fit-out.

Iluka/Woombah Men's Shed vice-president Jim Organ said it was great to see the project finally approaching construction after 18 months in the pipeline.

"We've been getting asked by people here pretty often when we're opening, so people are definitely looking forward to it," Mr Organ said.

"We've already had inquiries from a few local groups about some possible projects for the shed when it gets up and running."

Mr Organ said, all going well, the shed could be open for use within about three months.

Page MP Janelle Saffin has followed the project closely and visited the site earlier this week to meet with men's shed members and inspect the plans for the project.

"I'm a strong supporter of the men's shed movement and take every opportunity to promote the health and social benefits of these sheds in our local community," Ms Saffin said.

"Men of all ages can meet regularly to learn new skills, enjoy mateship and make products which fund their ongoing activities or support worthwhile charities."

Ms Saffin encouraged local organisations and businesses to consider making a donation to help the project get over the line. The Iluka-Woombah Rotary Club and the Maclean RSL Sub-Branch have already donated and it's hoped more help is on the way.

Men's Shed movement

 Provides support for men in need of help arising from mental illness or other debilitating conditions.

 Eases transition of men from full-time employment to retirement.

 Provides a place for social interaction between men and a place where physical and mental health can be discussed.

 Supports local groups and charities through trade projects such as making picnic tables etc.

 More info at mensheds.org.au.



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