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Out of the shed and into a school house

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Greg Slough, Col Metcalfe, Steve Stokes, Steve Shaw, Rod Wilson, Bob Beale, Peter Lanser and Norm Hore from Men’s Shed. Photo: Kathryn Cygan
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Greg Slough, Col Metcalfe, Steve Stokes, Steve Shaw, Rod Wilson, Bob Beale, Peter Lanser and Norm Hore from Men’s Shed. Photo: Kathryn Cygan

HOW many men does it take to move a workshop?

According to Bob Bristow, president of Whitsunday Men's Shed it was all hands on deck for all Men's Shed members during their big move from the Carbon Store to the Endeavour building.

"It was a big effort by all members of the Men's Shed. Everyone on the team leant a hand during the process," he said.

Previously located at the Carbon Store on Shute Harbour Road, Men's Shed have relocated to new premises on Abell Road.

"We are now working out of the old School House, the Endeavour Building on Abell Road, near Centro," said Mr Bristow.

The move was prompted after The Carbon Store began some new business developments.

"We have always kept an eye on the old school house, so we took the opportunity once it arose.

"We had to apply for the lease through State Government as it's owned by the state. We have taken out a six month lease with the opportunity to reinstate it," said Mr Bristow.

Now that Men's Shed have settled into their premises, it's business as usual once more.

"It is great to have our continuity back. Now we have a nice permanent base we can organize new health and wellbeing projects for the men in our community," said Mr Bristow.

"We've been going for three years now, and we are always looking for new members."

Men's Shed are a not for profit organization and are also currently looking for new sponsors and donations.

"We accrued some substantial fees during the move, particularly solicitor's fees through negotiating and applying for the lease through the State Government."

Men's Shed is always welcoming new members.

Men's Sheds aim to represent, support and promote Men's health and wellbeing. The Australian Mens Shed Association is funded by the Federal Government to provide initial and ongoing practical support for the development of all Mens Sheds.

Activities undertaken by Mens Shed often include restoring furniture and equipment, learning and sharing parctical craft skills and most importantly, starting the conversation on Mens health and wellbing.

For more information about Men's Shed Airlie Beach, call Bob Bristow on 0408 775 357.

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