Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed members will no longer need to squeeze into a single garage after the group moved into new facilities this week.
Following a joint funding effort from several community groups and government organisations, the group left its former home at the old scout hall, where all workshop activities had to be brought out into the weather, making it not viable for the shed community to grow.
But with a $60000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as funding from Strathbogie Shire Council ($5000), the Australian Men’s Shed Association ($12500), Bendigo Bank ($8500) and the Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed itself, a brand new facility has been built on Filson St.
The men can enjoy a large shed and workshop, accessible toilet, and sizeable kitchen and lounge area, which are perfect for meetings and social gatherings.
In the pipeline since 2015, the project is testament to the various organisations involved in getting it off the ground, such as the Men’s Shed and Nagambie Lions Club, which provided the plumbing.
The men’s shed has worked hard over the years to assist with funding applications for additional works to complete the project, including three-phase power, extra tools and many donations and resources by funding bodies and the community.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the new men’s shed was perfect for Nagambie and district.
‘‘Men’s sheds are important parts of any local community; they provide a positive and uplifting meeting space for men of all ages who may want something extra to do during their retirement or spare time.
‘‘They also provide a great service for the communities they are a part of, which is why now is the perfect time to get involved.’’
The Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed is always on the lookout for new projects and minor repairs.
The shed will be open on Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 2pm, with tea and coffee provided. For more information, phone Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed president David Keall on 0433435145.