Usual business at Men's Shed

HIDDEN away on the banks of Romiaka Channel sits the old dairy that for the last three years has been home to the Yamba Men's Shed

Inside the rustic building, a dozen or so men have just come in from a morning tea break and continue their conversations around the belt sander and bench drill, keeping their hands familiar with the materials that once earned them a living.

Allan Woods is the president of the Yamba University of the Third Age (U3A) which runs the Men's Shed.

He said the shed gives local men a place to learn new skills and share old ones while building friendships with like-minded craftsmen.

“A lot of men move to Yamba and discover they have no place to work, no back shed and with pretty strict noise restrictions that prevent them from running a bandsaw in the middle of the day.”

So instead of sitting at home watching TV, these men can make use of their blacksmith, metal work and wood work skills to make things for themselves or to sell and exhibit.

“We try not to go against the local businesses,” Mr Woods said.

“But if there are little jobs or one offs that nobody else will touch, we'll give it a go.”

The Romiaka site took about eight months to convert into the workshop that stands today complete with metal work container and the revamp of the original blacksmithing shed.

For now it's business as usual at the shed each Tuesday and Thursday however council are currently investigating an alternative site at Townsend following complaints about the shed's driveway access from the main road.

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