President of the Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed Phil Davison in the woodwork room.
President of the Murwillumbah Community Men’s Shed Phil Davison in the woodwork room. John Gass

Men's shed in final stages

THE Murwillumbah Community Men's Shed is set to open next month after jumping nearly all the hurdles to make it functional, safe and neighbour-friendly.

"It has been a long haul, but we are getting close to opening the doors," president Phil Davison said.

The roof in the woodwork room has to be lined with a soundproof material due to the use of power tools.

This is in line with Tweed Shire Council's noise regulations.

"This is the final hurdle the shed has to jump before the council can pass us as fit to open," Mr Davison said.

"It's a fair sized bit of roof.

"But with a few blokes and plenty of grunt it can be done."

The computer/craft room is ready to use with internet access, computer and printer for those who want to dabble in technology.

"We depend on donations for much of the material needed to finish the work," Mr Davison said.

A car park and disability access are still factors on the agenda and the possibility of a bus to transport members of the shed.

"There is a public bus service that gets them pretty close to the door," Mr Davison said.

Members gather on Wednesdays and Saturdays for working bees.

"We get a lot done on those days," Mr Davison said.

"It's a real exercise in resourcefulness.

"But we've come a long way."



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