AIRLIE Beach will have its own men's shed up and running by the end of the month after receiving an official endorsement from the group's national body.
The Australian Men's Shed Association approved the application this week and Men's Shed Airlie Beach president Bob Bristow was excited about starting the group after finishing the lengthy application process.
"The main criteria were to have a board of directors and somewhere to meet and we reached both those requirements and obtained endorsement. We had been in talks with Irene Bailey from the Carbon Store about possibly meeting there and we were able to agree to a partnership," Mr Bristow said.
"She has kindly given us space to develop our group and we will start building work benches out of timber in the next few weeks."
The men's shed is looking for donations of clean materials like timber to get them started on their work benches and other woodworking projects and Mr Bristow said they will be fully operational by the end of October.
"We will be doing a grand opening at the end of the month at the Carbon Store and everyone is looking forward to it. Our next meeting before then will be when we host a barbeque at the Carbon Store markets on Sunday, October 14 from 7am onwards," he said.
"Once we are open and operational we will start different projects and it's a great chance for older men and retirees to stay active and enjoy some light projects in a social setting."
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Mr Bristow on 0408 775 357 or visit their Facebook page.