Tweed men get their new shed
TWEED Men's Shed is fast moving from the drawing board to something more concrete.
Thanks to funding organised by Tweed MP Geoff Provest and land from Tweed Shire Council, there will be a place for all men to go to socialise, work together and compare notes.
Organisers have fought hard over the past few years to gain their piece of ground and a shed to put on it.
They have a one-year lease on a shed in Park St, Tweed Heads with the option to build a larger shed on adjacent land.
"It's a big step," secretary of the organisation Alan Jones said.
"We are very excited about the project and will be asking members for their ideas on activities and plans for the shed."
Mr Jones said he hoped the council would extend the lease. "There are many things to consider, such as parking," he said.
Mr Jones said it was a two-way street.
"We are also here to help the community," he said.
"That's another reason the council is backing us."
The men's shed is looking for donations.
"We can always use tools," Mr Jones said.
"We also need a fridge."
The push to get a Men's Shed for Tweed Heads gained momentum recently when more than 80 men came together at a public meeting. They lobbied Tweed MP Geoff Provest for land for the shed, as well as Tweed Shire Council. The group earlier received $58,000 towards the project through NSW Government funding.
"There's been a huge and enthusiastic response to the proposal for a men's shed here in Tweed Heads," Mr Jones said.
"The Men's Shed is a place where blokes can come and socialise, participate in craft activities and contribute back to the local community."
There is a shed running already in Murwillumbah, but that is too far for many men who live in Tweed. As a not-for-profit group the organisation's funds are strictly limited.