Fund­ing boost for Men’s Shed

Funds mean group can buy a welder

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THE Woodgate Men’s Shed has been awarded $2550 from the Fed­eral Govern­ment to pur­chase metal work equip­ment and stor­age cab­i­nets.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt con­grat­u­lated the or­gan­i­sa­tion on its suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion un­der the Tools and Equip­ment and Build­ing Main­te­nance and Devel­op­ment cat­e­gories.

“The Woodgate Men’s Shed pro­vides so­cial and emo­tional sup­port to lo­cal men in an en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to learn­ing new skills and shar­ing ideas,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Woodgate Men’s Shed is a very strong part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity here at Woodgate. It’s great that we can help out the lo­cal com­mu­nity here.”

Mr Pitt said the Woodgate group was one of 102 Men’s Shed or­gan­i­sa­tions na­tion­ally to re­ceive fund­ing in Round 7 of the Na­tional Shed Devel­op­ment Pro­gram.

Gra­ham Black, pres­i­dent of the Woodgate Men’s Shed, said the fund­ing would en­able the pur­chase of a MIG/TIG/stick welder for work with alu­minium and stain­less steel.

“When Keith rang the other day and asked if he could come for a cup of cof­fee, I was think­ing he was just go­ing to be in the area.

“We were com­pletely sur­prised by the fact he was an­nounc­ing this fed­eral grant,” Mr Black said.

“Ev­ery­body was quite ex­cited be­cause we’ve been bat­tling to get a welder for about 18 months. “

Mr Black said the group would also use the welder to man­u­fac­ture the likes of benches and brack­ets, and re­pair other items.

“This grant will en­able us to weld items that we are un­able to at present, and per­haps re­pair such things as tin­nies.

“We sin­cerely thank Mr Pitt for his ef­forts in ob­tain­ing this on our be­half,” Mr Black said.

The Woodgate Men’s Shed cur­rently has 81 mem­bers and con­tin­ues to grow.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN080814MEN2

EQUIP­MENT FUND­ING: Builder Phil Nel­son works on the in­te­rior of the shed, with Ted Mack­lin-Shaw, Gra­ham Black and Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt look­ing on.

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