Donation sees shed closer to opening

THE Tamworth Community Men’s Shed is closer to completion thanks to a generous grant.

The funds were received as part of a community imitative launched by Australia Post which saw the company chip in $11,935 to connect electricity to the shed.

The facility will provide a safe haven for lonely, marginalised or isolated men to talk, socialise and tinker and was one of the many outstanding submissions chosen from 4600 applications.

Situated at Victoria Park near the Botanic Gardens, construction has been taking place for about two years and the roller doors are expected to be officially opened in the next six weeks.

Just like a man cave but bigger, once complete the shed will include a bathroom with shower recess, kitchen with adjacent dining room, and a mezzanine level for storage.

In a heart-warming show of community support, the majority of equipment and tools decked out inside have been donated, treasurer and secretary Phillip Crossing said.

“The community has been very generous,” Mr Crossing said.

“We’ve had over $150,000 in grants and donations from businesses – financial and in-kind.”

Chairman Chris Wright said the shed would be primarily used for woodwork pursuits initially.

“The men can come in here and sit down, talk, plays cards and fix things,” Mr Wright said.

“We’ll take on different projects as we go along – we’re in talks with the musical society about making the props for their next production.”

The committee holds a working bee the third Saturday of each month, giving interested parties the chance to stop by, have a coffee and see what the shed is all about, Mr Crossing said.

The facility is open to any man over the age of 18.

Anyone wanting further information can call Mr Wright on 0438 608 352

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