Men’s Shed helping wildlife
The Men’s Shed spent two days constructing the bird breeding boxes which was made possible through the generosity of Uncle Tobys and the Australian Men’s Shed Association, who announced $14,000 in funding to be distributed to seven different Sheds across the Riverina and Indigo Shire.
Funding supports local community projects and are handed to the best quality applications.
Grants coordinator of WDMS Tony McMahon said a grant of nearly $2,000 was used by the Wahgunyah shedders to make the boxes and also benches for walking and bike trails.
“I would like to thank Uncle Tobys and the association, we told them what we would be using the money for when we applied,” Mr McMahon told The Free Press.
“I’m very proud of all of these guys who have an absolute ball. We come down every Wednesday and Thursday to work on little projects, have some tea and a bit of fun and that’s what it’s all about, it gives us something to do.”
Phillipa Noble, president of Rutherglen Landcare, said there are lots of hollows in the red gums along the river which do grow but are not big enough for birds and is thankful for the Men’s Shed’s work.
“It’s fantastic, the Landcare is very appreciative for purchasing all the materials and putting it all together,” she told The Free Press.
“We’ve done a lot of revegetation over the years. We’ve got the habitat and food for these animals but they need places to nest. It’s good because these ones have been designed so that cats and foxes can’t get in them.
“It was a great idea the whole initiative because we always need nesting boxes. We congratulate them on the quality of the boxes they’ve made too, you don’t want them falling apart after a couple of years and these ones have been clearly carefully made which is very important.”
This program of grants is part of a threeyear partnership between the Uncle Tobys team and Australian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds and community health and wellbeing in the Riverina and Indigo Shire regions.
“We’re proud to be able to support this local community, many of whom are our staff, friends and families, and also our farmers,” Nestle Business Manager Lisa May said.
“The support of the Uncle Tobys team means that we can deliver initiatives that not only benefit Men’s Sheds but also extend those benefits into the community,” AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers added.
The Wahgunyah and District Men’s Shed (WDMS) presented to Rutherglen Landcare 15 nest boxes on Wednesday, August 29.