Men hope to have a shed next year
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.