Exciting times for Thirroul Men’s Shed with the official opening today of their amazing new facility.
With a dozen men a day meeting at the ‘shed’, they had outgrown their old premises, so with the help of a grant from IMB, the Thirroul Lions Club, the drinkers at Ryan’s Hotel who pop in their loose change, and Parliamentary Secretary Gareth Ward, the group has secured new premises alongside the railway line in Thirroul.
The men have spent the last few months fitting out the workshop, where they both teach and learn, and come together to make things for their own benefit and the benefit of the entire community, and today, it was time to celebrate.
A host of MPs and dignitaries turned out to the event, including Keira MP Ryan Park and IMB Community Fund chairman Kieran Biddle.
With a kitchen and meeting room, the workshop comes complete with dust-catching vacuum exhausts, which have all been developed and installed by Shed members.
MP Gareth Ward has congratulated everyone on getting this new shed up and running, saying he had to tackle the bureaucracy head-on to have the RMS hand over the building. “Sometimes you have to put on the steel caps, load up the knuckle dusters and go in swinging hard,” says Gareth. “I was able to convince minister that the disused shed would be a great place for the Men to gather.
“It’s a real credit to the men involved. They play a huge role in the Northern Illawarra. This group helps schools, the elderly, and repairing community assets such as the surf boat in Thirroul Bowling Club. And Men’s Sheds provide local men with the opportunity to make connections, which helps them deal with loneliness.”
You can read more about the Men’s Shed HERE