Tweed Council is a big fan of the Men's Shed
TWEED Shire councillors have unanimously supported the Tweed Men's Shed 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, 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 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.
"When my mayordom is over, having the Men's Shed there is going to be a wonderful facility," he said.
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 would now have their views blocked by a large shed.
Men's Shed president John Pitt said they were "overjoyed" by the approval which would more than double the space of their current base, which was far too small.