The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

DER­WENT Val­ley Men’s Shed mem­bers have been given the power to pro­fes­sion­ally test and tag elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

Boyer’s Norske Skog pa­per mill re­cently funded elec­tri­cal tag and test­ing TAFE train­ing for three men’s shed mem­bers, and do­nated test­ing equip­ment.

Norske Skog elec­tri­cal per­for­mance leader Leigh Johnston said he saw an op­por­tu­nity to help make the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion self­suf­fi­cient.

“There was an op­por­tu­nity there, rather than just do­ing a one-off tag and test for them, to give those guys some train­ing,” he said.

“We were up­grad­ing our tag and test gear, so we do­nated one of our ap­pli­ance testers to make them self suf­fi­cient and gave the guys some new skills.”

Mr Johnston said the ap­pli­ance test­ing helped make sure ap­pli­ances, tools and ex­ten­sion leads were elec­tri­cally safe.

Men’s shed pub­lic of­fi­cer Nev Casey said the sup­port was “fan­tas­tic” and a “mas­sive help”.

“It’s very hard to get an elec­tri­cian or any­one to do test and tag for you,” he said.

“We would nor­mally have to pay be­tween $3 and $4.50 an item, and we would have any­thing up to 75 dif­fer­ent items that need test­ing, maybe more.”

Mr Casey said Norske Skog had been a fan­tas­tic sup­porter of the Der­went Val­ley Men’s Shed. “Hav­ing [or­gan­i­sa­tions] like Norske Skog do­nat­ing prod­ucts to us is a mas­sive help,” he said.

Mr Johnston said it was heart­en­ing to be able to help out in the com­mu­nity.

“With the work those guys do to in­volve peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and do com­mu­nity projects, just to be able to con­trib­ute to that in a small way has been re­ally good,” he said.

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