Men hope to have a shed next year

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

BLOKES and their sheds – places of mate­ship, peace and pri­vate worlds.

A peek into Alan Cun­ning­ham’s shed, with his “eye-pop­ping col­lec­tion” of Dou­glas mo­tor­cy­cles, an aero­plane, vin­tage blenders and toast­ers, left Biggen­den Men’s Shed mem­bers in awe.

Ray Spinks said “it was an hon­our to be able to go through his place” and the visit would in­spire fur­ther Men’s Shed ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The ob­ject of the Men’s Shed is to make men’s health and well-be­ing good,” Mr Spinks said.

Mr Spinks, a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Net­work for Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal, was in­spired to start a Men’s Shed sev­eral years ago, but dropped it af­ter re­ceiv­ing crit­i­cism.

He joined a new ini­tia­tive last year, which in­cluded a visit to the Mary­bor­ough Men’s Shed for in­spi­ra­tion and a re­cruit­ment drive, which net­ted 20 mem­bers.

“Queens­land Health and lo­cal coun­cil are over the moon about the ini­tia­tive,” Mr Spinks said.

Mr Spinks can see the need for so­cial and prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from a visit by a nu­tri­tion­ist on how to cook healthy meals to build­ing things in the shed.

For this, the group would wel­come do­na­tions of equip­ment – saws, chis­els, welders, hand tools and wood lathes.

The group would keep the items in stor­age un­til they have a shed of their own – hope­fully next year.

Pres­i­dent Brian Led­widge said the group had sub­mit­ted in­ter­est in us­ing the goods shed at Biggen­den Rail­way Com­plex if Queens­land Rail­ways handed the as­sets to the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil next year.

The group meets at Biggen­den Ma­sonic Lodge on the first and third Mon­days of the month at 4.30pm, and wel­comes new mem­bers.

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