Members of the Wahgunyah and District Men’s Shed are hanging out for the grand opening of their new home away from home.
The shed has been erected at the Wahgunyah Community Centre Recreation Reserve (Football Ground) and the tools have arrived for members to start working on projects for the benefit of the community.
Members are hoping a grand opening involving special dignitaries will be held sometime next month.
Men’s Shed President Len Carlson told the Free Press that it was great to finally have the shed built after coming across several hurdles over the past 10 months.
The 15 metre by 8 metre shed has been fitted out with a range of power and hand tools thanks to a funding grant of $19,200 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, while the shed was built using a Federal Government grant to the tune of $26,500.
“We used the entire grant to get us up and running, every dollar was well thought out with both grants and we are happy with the result,” Mr Carlson said.
The Men’s Shed major sponsors include Max Maclean and Co, Uncle Tobys, Corowa RSL Club, Hotondo Homes, The Corowa Lions Club, Indigo Shire Council, Bendigo Bank, Corowa Supa IGA, The Rotary Club of Corowa, Jim’s Test and Tag, Milthorpe Transport Services, Hunterco and Cofield and Co Plumbing and Aircon who have helped with funds or services to support the shed.
The shed has 34 members signed up already and up to three more interested in joining.
“The idea is for men to come along, have a cuppa, and get talking while their hands are busy working on projects,” Mr Carlson said.
“About two thirds of the men signed up here have health problems and to get them out of their four walls at home and keep them busy can only be a good thing.”
Among projects the shed members have lined up include repairing the women’s toilet at the Wahgunyah Community Centre Recreation Reserve (Football Ground) which does not currently have a roof.
The group’s new committee will be selected in June or July.