Men’s Shed a place to fix problems
EVERY man needs a shed.
But a shed shared among friends can be more than just a place to store tools.
Murgon’s Paul Pfeffer spent two and a half years trying to secure a permanent place to hold Men’s Shed meetings.
And on Friday the dream became a reality when the keys were handed over to the old rail shed in town.
The first Murgon Men’s Shed meeting was held on March 21, and since then the initiative has “snowballed”, attracting 25 members, according to President Paul Pfeffer. But there’s always room for more. Mr Pfeffer is passionate about mental health, particularly in regional areas, and said he was once in a dark place.
“I found being in a safe environment where I could talk and open up, started me on the road up,” he said.
Mr Pfeffer’s family was originally from Murgon and when he moved back to town nine years ago he noticed men were in need of a place to call their own.
“I did some research which showed the South Burnett was one of the highest regions for suicide with the majority being men over 25.”
He said the shed offered camaraderie, trust and a place where men could feel at ease. “Who knows, in that situation a man might even sit down and actually talk about his feelings,” he said. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney handed over the keys to the shed on Friday, donated by the State Government after being purchased from rail company Aurizon.
WORTH THEWAIT: Murgon Men's Shed President Paul Pfeffer happily receives the keys from Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.