CHILDERS MEN'S SHED FINDS HOME

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

CHILDERS Men’s Shed is on the search for more mem­bers af­ter Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil awarded the as­so­ci­a­tion a lease over free­hold land.

The search for a lo­ca­tion to set up the shed had lasted much of the past 12 months, and the group could not be hap­pier af­ter Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment the North St site was theirs.

Sec­re­tary David Wil­son heard the news from the Town & Coun­try on Tues­day af­ter­noon, and de­scribed the feel­ing as “ter­rific”.

“I might have a few nice things to say about coun­cil now!” he joked.

“This is the cul­mi­na­tion of a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and coun­cil have been very help­ful with this project.

“A few mem­bers have been frus­trated we hadn’t had a site sorted but this is fan­tas­tic and we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor Tony Ricciardi said he met the group on-site in De­cem­ber last year to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing a Men’s Shed on coun­cil land.

“It is an or­gan­i­sa­tion recog­nised as pro­vid­ing a com­mon gath­er­ing point where men can par­take in con­ver­sa­tion, fel­low­ship and skills en­hance­ment while gain­ing in­for­ma­tion on health and wel­fare is­sues,” Cr Ricciardi said.

“The Men’s Shed ini­tia­tive has been in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity through­out the re­gion in re­cent years so coun­cil was pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist the or­gan­i­sa­tion to es­tab­lish in Childers.”

Re-elected Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Bennett awarded the group $35,000 to build the shed last year, and con­grat­u­lated the group on the news.

The group would pay an an­nual rental fee of $50 plus GST as well as the usual an­nual ser­vice charges.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Rob Dight said any­one aged 18 or more could join the group.

For more info, phone Rob Dight on 4126 8218 or David Wil­son on 4126 2070.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

HOMED: Rudy Stak­en­burg, pres­i­dent Rob Dight and sec­re­tary David Wil­son at Childers Men's Shed’s new site at North St.

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