WOODGATE MEN'S SHED OF­FI­CIALLY OPEN

New men’s shed set to en­hance the well be­ing of Woodgate res­i­dents

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

WOODGATE Men’s Shed of­fi­cial open­ing is the start of a new chap­ter for the men­tal health group.

In front of a large crowd that in­cluded most Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett, Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from other men’s sheds in the re­gion, Woodgate pres­i­dent Col Ens­bey of­fi­cially opened the new struc­ture last Thurs­day.

It was a long time com­ing for the group, and the phys­i­cal struc­ture built by lo­cal builders Wayne Thomp­son and Gary Jones from a com­bi­na­tion of grants sig­nalled the end of a five-year jour­ney.

Lo­cal his­to­rian and foun­da­tion com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Max Emery out­lined that jour­ney, and de­tailed the hur­dles the group had to jump since they started in 2010.

Mr Ens­bey could not have been hap­pier.

“There is plenty to work with here,” he said.

“We got a lot through grants but also through lo­cal builders and busi­ness peo­ple. There were a lot of hur­dles along the way but we per­se­vered.

“The turnout (at the open­ing) speaks for it­self. I didn’t ex­pect to see that many peo­ple.”

Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man con­grat­u­lated the men’s shed on the oc­ca­sion.

“It’s been quite a few years but coun­cil is very pleased to have worked with them,” Cr For­man said.

“I ad­mire their tenac­ity. They had a goal to achieve and they did just that.”

The new shed is more than just a build­ing, with the mul­ti­tude of men­tal health benefits the ma­jor ap­peal for Mr Ens­bey and Mr Bennett.

“The health side is the big­gest thing,” Mr Ens­bey said.

“We have a membership of about 70 that work here and have a chat, but we re­ally just want to get the lonely peo­ple out of their homes.”

Mr Bennett’s role in help­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion was pub­licly ac­knowl­edged by mem­bers but the Bur­nett MP did what he could to fo­cus on the shed’s benefits.

“To see it reach its full con­clu­sion is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“More im­por­tantly, Woodgate now has a great as­set that al­lows men to deal with a lot of is­sues to­gether.”

Woodgate Men’s Shed is on the cor­ner of Sev­enth Ave and Aca­cia St.

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ACHIEVE­MENT: Pres­i­dent Col Ens­bey at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Woodgate Men’s Shed.

Cr Tony Ricciardi, MP Keith Pitt, men’s shed pres­i­dent Col Ens­bey, MP Stephen Bennett and Mayor Mal For­man.

Of­fi­cial open­ing of Woodgate Men’s Shed.

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