The Lismore Men and Community Shed blokes are preparing their shed for opening later this year.
The Lismore Men and Community Shed blokes are preparing their shed for opening later this year.

Men and their shed

Men have been working on the Lismore Men and Community Shed fulfilling the DA requirements, so men can share their stories while working on a project.

The shed is located under the main grandstand of the Lismore Showground.

"Men don't get together over a coffee," Men and Family Centre treasurer Joe Harvey-Jones told The Echo, "but they don't mind to get together over a workbench and talk."

The shed and the men who volunteer on it are gearing up for its opening later in the year. The project has been nurtured by the Men and Family Centre in Club Lane which deals with men's issues and their impact on families.

The Centre has acquired $21,000 for the shed from the State Government.

"The Men and Family Centre has also provided us with $10,000 and the Vietnam Vets with another $17,000 in workshop equipment," Joe said.

The Lismore Men and Community Shed is part of an Australia-wide shed movement (Australian Men's Shed Association) with more than 700 sheds around the country. Established in 2007, the Men's Shed movement gives support for men and men's issues.

"The $21,600 from Community Building Partnerships will help us comply with fire, flood and electrical upgrades required by the development application," Joe said.

The Men's Shed group is now at a stage where they need more volunteers willing to share their expertise with others. Retired or practising tradesmen and people with OH&S knowledge are especially welcome at this stage.

The Lismore Men and Community Shed group gets together at the shed site every Thursday morning from 9am to lunchtime.

For more information phone the Men and Family Centre on 6622 6116.


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