Men’s Shed dream close to fruition

Vol­un­teer time and labour builds a base ... and hope

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

AF­TER four long years, mem­bers of the Woodgate Men’s Shed can now see their dreams slowly trans­form­ing into a re­al­ity.

Their dream of hav­ing a shed to meet and work out of is an­other step closer thanks to lo­cal con­trac­tors who have vol­un­teered their time and labour to com­plete the project.

Work on the shed is well and truly be­gun, with the slab and ex­ter­nal frames erected over the past few weeks, and the in­ter­nal fit out be­gin­ning this week.

Woodgate Men’s Shed trea­surer Garry Le­blang said he was pleased with the progress of the shed’s con­struc­tion, con­sid­er­ing how re­liant the group had

Garry Le­blang Men’s Shed It’s go­ing to save us in the long run ...

been on vol­un­tary con­trac­tors.

“Be­cause ev­ery­thing has been done by vol­un­tary con­trac­tors, we’ve had to fit in with them,” Mr Le­blang said. “They’re do­ing things be­tween their jobs, but it’s saved the group some­where up to about $20,000,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to save us in the long run – it’s a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion.

“There’s still a fair bit to do but it’s all pro­gress­ing well with the as­sis­tance of lo­cal con­trac­tors do­ing things like fi­nal plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal work.”

Mr Le­blang said he had seen a grow­ing in­ter­est in the group since build­ing be­gan, be­cause the com­mu­nity could now see the project take shape.

“Typ­i­cally over the past cou­ple of years, we prob­a­bly had 10 to 15 mem­bers turn up to our fort­nightly gath­er­ings,” he said.

“Now we’re get­ting about 25.”

The group continues to hold reg­u­lar meet­ings at a mem­ber’s res­i­dence for the time be­ing.

It is hope­ful the shed will be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the long-awaited shed will pro­vide mem­bers with a safe and happy en­vi­ron­ment where skilled and un­skilled men can pur­sue hob­bies, learn skills and so­cialise.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN040714MEN1

MAK­ING PROGRESS: Woodgate Men's Shed vice-pres­i­dent Col Ens­bey and trea­surer Garry Le­blang are rapt with the build­ing.

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