Men’s Shed to set up in new home

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Bran­wen Smith

■ Ex­mouth Men’s Shed has moved into per­ma­nent premises and mem­bers are rolling up their sleeves for a busy pe­riod of con­struc­tion to get their new home up and run­ning.

EMS pres­i­dent Dar­rel “Boof” Spicer said the Shire of Ex­mouth had given the town’s newly formed Men’s Shed a third of the old power sta­tion build­ing on Nimitz Street next door to Ex­mouth Fuel Sup­plies.

He said they had also been given a gen­er­ous amount of out­door area to use.

“This is a re­ally good start for the Men’s Shed that will al­low us to do what we need to do,” he said.

Mr Spicer said the plan was to in­stall lots of dif­fer­ent types of ma­chin­ery for use in ac­tiv­i­ties such as wood­work and met­al­work, but the main aim was to have a space where mem­bers could make what­ever they wanted to.

He thanked the many peo­ple who had al­ready do­nated tools and Wood­side for a $4500 grant to buy new tools.

“Mem­bers in­put on how we should de­velop is vi­tal be­cause that will lead us where we want to go,” he said.

He imag­ined the space would be used by the many peo­ple in Ex­mouth who don’t have a shed, as well as by peo­ple with skills they were will­ing to pass on to oth­ers, es­pe­cially to the town’s youth.

There will also be the im­por­tant as­pects of pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship, mate­ship and men­tal well­be­ing.

“The Men’s Shed will pro­vide role mod­els, some­one to talk to and a rea­son to get out of the house,” Mr Spicer said.

He said fund­ing for work on the build­ing was be­ing sought and help was needed among the mem­bers to get the work done.

EMS has 26 mem­bers and more are al­ways wel­come to join.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested can go to the new premises on Tues­days or Fri­days at 4.30pm.

The Men’s Shed will pro­vide role mod­els, some­one to talk to and a rea­son to get out of the house. Dar­rel Spicer

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Dar­rel “Boof” Spicer, Dirk Smid and Mur­ray Watts out­side the new Ex­mouth Men’s Shed.

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