Men want and need to get together and talk for companionship and as a way to combat depression and isolation. Sheds are also a way to pass skills from one generation to a younger one, with older men mentoring young men in technical areas and even in parenting approaches.
Men want and need to get together and talk for companionship and as a way to combat depression and isolation. Sheds are also a way to pass skills from one generation to a younger one, with older men mentoring young men in technical areas and even in parenting approaches. Mairi Manley

Provest supports shed proposal

WITH a crucial need to address male depression and isolation in the Tweed, Nationals MP Geoff Provest has come out in support of community members lobbying for a men's shed.

Following the successful establishment of a men's shed at Murwillumbah, co-ordinators John Pitt and Phil Davison claim the need for a venue for men to socialise and participate in activities is even greater in Tweed Heads.

“Murwillumbah is too far for many men to travel,” Mr Davison said.

“Tweed needs somewhere within walking distance for those who don't have transport.”

Mr Provest said he whole-heartedly supported the proposal.

“Tweed Heads really needs somewhere for men to go where they can talk to other men and combat isolation,” he said.

“We have well over 150 people sleeping on the streets in Tweed Heads. The vast majority of these are men.”

Mr Provest said he would investigate funding options and the steps needed to get a men's shed project in motion.



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