Men’s shed opens with a pos­i­tive out­look

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Mun­dub­bera Men’s Shed of­fi­cially opened this month with a good turnout from the com­mu­nity.

Op­er­ated by Mun­dub­bera En­ter­prise As­so­ci­a­tion, it’s the fourth shed to open up in the North Burnett re­gion.

MEA’s Paul Dare said two meet­ings had been held with around 15 peo­ple turn­ing up to each.

“It’s been re­ally good, con­sid­er­ing it wasn’t run­ning. It is ex­cel­lent news,” Mr Dare said.

“We’ve got some good do­na­tions com­ing in which is good news as well, and should have elec­tric­ity hooked up next week which will make things a lot bet­ter.”

The goal for the Men’s Shed is to open a cou­ple of days a week.

“The next time it opens will be the start of May, and af­ter that it will open Wed­nes­days and Satur­days, we’re still de­bat­ing whether it will be morn­ings or af­ter­noons,” Mr Dare said.

He said the open­ing times were ne­go­tiable, de­pend­ing on peo­ple’s in­ter­est and avail­abil­ity.

“If more peo­ple want to go down on dif­fer­ent days we are flex­i­ble, we’d love to see more peo­ple take in­ter­est in the men’s shed, it’s def­i­nitely a good thing for the com­mu­nity,” Mr Dare said.

The lack of elec­tric­ity had been a chal­lenge, he said.

“There is a gen­uine ex­cite­ment about it which is re­ally nice to see, and the will­ing­ness to talk and to get in and help and do things,” Mr Dare said.

“It could help other or­gan­i­sa­tions and help re­pair things for them too, and it’s pass­ing on knowl­edge which is dis­ap­pear­ing, that’s where its re­ally good.”

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