Lifestyle

Search on for Men's Shed spot

Tweed Men's Shed members (left to right) Michael Teitzel, Bill Trenear, Ron Broad, Alan Jones and Martin Kinross.
Tweed Men's Shed members (left to right) Michael Teitzel, Bill Trenear, Ron Broad, Alan Jones and Martin Kinross. Blainey Woodham

A LOCAL initiative to establish a Men's Shed in Tweed Heads has reached a major milestone with the recent election of a Board of Management charged with finding a home for the group.

Banora Point resident Ron Broad was elected as president of the Men's Shed along with fellow Banora Point locals, Alan Jones who was chosen as secretary and Robin Streeter appointed as treasurer.

Mr Broad said the men's first goal was to find a suitable location and called on anyone who could provide the group with a building or piece of land which could be used to house or build a shed, to come forward and discuss the potential site with the group's board.

The shed will accommodate activities such as welding, wood and metal working and engine maintenance and it needs to be of a reasonable size as well as be located within relatively easy reach of the majority of club members.

"Something in the vicinity of Machinery Drive in Tweed Heads South would be ideal," Mr Broad said.

"The group received a federal grant of around $58,000 and if an existing building could be found, these funds could be used for renovations.

"The lease would have to be long term to safeguard the group's investment.

"However, if a parcel of land can be found where we can build, the funds can be used to establish a shed."

Apart from traditional men's activities such as wood and metal work, the group aimed to offer members a refuge from loneliness and improve the general health and betterment of men.

"We would look at things like gardening or teaching guys computer skills if that was what members wanted," Mr Broad added.

"We'd look at any activities men are interested in and give them the opportunity to get together and enjoy each other's company."

Age barriers will not exist and although the group focused on men, women would be welcome to join.

"If we can help some young fellows who need some guidance, we'd welcome them."

Young men could benefit enormously, just be mixing with other men who cared.

"We'd like to be known as a caring organisation," Mr Broad said.

The group plans to start their activities as soon as they have found a suitable location or building that will fulfill the club's needs.

"Initially, we aim to hold two meetings a week and will increase that number as the need arises," Mr Broad said.

Health and safety was one major item on the agenda so the group elected Martin Kinross as a committee member and health and safety officer.

As soon as duties of committee members were allocated, the club hoped to hold some fundraising events and attract more locals.

The Men's Shed committee members chosen at a meeting on July 18 were Ron Bandall, Martin Kinross, Doug McIndoe, David Rotherham, Michael Teitzel and Bill Trenear while Geoff Cook was elected as acting treasurer and John Pitt as vice president.

Anyone interested in joining or providing space, land or a building where the men could meet can contact shed secretary Alan Jones on 0437 933 815 or club president Ron Broad on 0428 632 229.

Topics:  community land men's shed property tweed heads



Council raises the rainbow flag

FLYING: The rainbow flag.

Council shows support for same-sex marriage.

Green light for improved safety measures

A timed red arrow for pedestrian safety will be installed at a tricky Tweed intersection.

Pedestrians will soon feel a little bit safer at one Tweed crossing

Limpinwood logging protesters fed up with inaction

PROTEST: Tweed residents gather at Boormans Rd to protest logging.

Anger over government's delay in stopping logging.

Local Partners

Huawei declares death of the smartphone

FORGET having a smartphone. What you need is an intelligent machine.

Birds are counting on us to count on them

FLIGHT OF FANCY: BirdLife Australia's Dr Golo Maurer enjoys taking his children birdwatching.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is an ideal activity for families

Cooking confusion? Ask Donna Hay

Get in there ... ask Donna Hay what to do in the kitchen.

NEED some expert advice in the kitchen? Now’s your chance to get it

'Christmas miracle' mum needs triple transplant to live

Belinda Dunstan is weighing up whether the risks of a triple transplant are too high.

"The potential is the inevitable will happen and I will pass away"

Riding into a bright future

CYCLE OF LIFE: Taking part in different activities can teach children persistence and other valuable life lessons.

Experiences open up the world to kids

WATCH: Close encounter with killer whales off Byron Bay

Screenshot from a video of orcas off Byron Bay.

Incredible footage of orcas just 1km off the Byron Bay coast

Getting fit killed sex drive of these four women

iStock-588387130.jpg

The one place that isn’t their strong point is the bedroom