Men’s Shed help­ing wildlife

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JARRYD BARCA

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.

It took the Wah­gun­yah and Dis­trict Men’s Shed roughly one hour to make each of their 15 nest boxes that were pre­sented to Ruther­glen Land­care last week. Photo by Simon Ginns.

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