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Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius sarah.diony­sius@west­ern­starnews.com

A GROUND-break­ing achieve­ment was made for the Roma Men’s Shed on Mon­day.

Works for the group’s new shed were made of­fi­cial, with Maranoa MP David Lit­tleproud turn­ing the first sod.

Mr Lit­tleproud said the suc­cess of se­cur­ing the new shed could be put down to the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the com­mu­nity.

“When you see the pride and de­ter­mi­na­tion that the group have had in mak­ing this come to fruition, that’s what it is all about,” he said.

“Gov­ern­ments can give money but un­less you have a com­mu­nity and leaders in the com­mu­nity that are pre­pared to drive it, to be­lieve in it and fol­low it through then it won’t hap­pen.

“The re­al­ity is this is not any tier of gov­ern­ment suc­cess, this is the com­mu­nity’s suc­cess.”

Roma’s new Men’s Shed site is lo­cated be­hind the Apex Roma Shed on Chrys­tal St.

Men’s Shed sec­re­tary Michael Reddan has been the driv­ing force be­hind the cam­paign for a new fa­cil­ity.

Mr Reddan said they have been try­ing to se­cure fund­ing for the shed for a num­ber of years and it was won­der­ful to fi­nally see it come to­gether.

“Our past fed­eral mem­ber, who is now a Men’s Shed mem­ber him­self, Mr Bruce Scott, made rep­re­sen­ta­tion on our be­half and we got ap­proval for $147,000 from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“All up we have $276,838 for the shed.”

PHOTO: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

DIRTY WORK: Maranoa MP David Lit­tleproud and Roma Men’s Shed sec­re­tary Michael Reddan turn the first sod for the new Men’s Shed.

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