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.