Council approves Tweed Men’s Shed plans for a workshop
TWEED Shire Councillors have unanimously supported Tweed Men's Shed's plans to build a workshop at the Recreation Reserve at Park St, Tweed Heads.
The $70,000 280sq m metal-clad shed will be the base for the group which offers traditional men's activities such as wood and metal work and also a refuge from social isolation and a place to be educated about men's health issues.
It will require the demolition of the existing council-owned shed that the men have occupied for more than a year.
Councillors voted 7-0 on Thursday night to approve the development application, despite nine community objections which included claims the shed was of inappropriate bulk, scale and height, would lower property values, and was incompatible with the park setting.
Mayor Barry Longland is such a fan of the group it prompted him to reveal his post mayoralty retirement plan.
"I'm a regular visitor to the men's shed," he said.
"When my mayordom is over having the men's shed there is going to be a wonderful facility."
Cr Michael Armstrong said it was a fabulous community resource.
Cr Gary Bagnall said he also supported the group, but wanted to acknowledge the residents who bought properties overlooking a park who will now have their views blocked by a large shed.
Men's Shed president John Pitt said they were "over-joyed" by the approval which would more than double the space of their current base which was far too small.
"We currently get around 25 to 30 men per day, that demonstrates the level of demand there is," Mr Pitt said.
Construction was expected to start early in the New Year.
The men's shed is staging a Christmas party at 10am on Tuesday, December 17.