THE MEN'S SHED movement is sweeping across the country and internationally, with positive results in communities. Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones tries a hand at woodwork with Clive Barton.
THE MEN'S SHED movement is sweeping across the country and internationally, with positive results in communities. Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones tries a hand at woodwork with Clive Barton.

Men's Shed launched

ON Wednesday, March 16 a large contingent of men gathered in Clive Barton's shed for the official launch of the Lockyer Valley Community Activity Shed Inc.

For many Lockyer Valley men, it has been a long time coming and it was instigated by a chat to Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones about three years ago.

It is a positive thing for the community and helps men and others in the community to get together for skills.

Mr Barton kindly agreed to host the new group in his shed until they can find a permanent home, which is in the pipeline.

Cr Jones was present to officially launch the new group and said many people have been working hard to get the group off the ground.

After a visit to the Gold Coast to other shed groups, Cr Jones and a few current men's shed members, discovered how beneficial it would be for the Lockyer Valley to have another group.

“It has been a privilege to be at the opening of this important group for the area,” Cr Jones said.

“Think what is needed here and the return it will generate in the community who will network and do positive things for the community, but it has been a bit of a struggle to get these things happening.

“As this moves forward there will be enormous growth in skills and socialising with the new group.”

Councillor Peter Friend was also present at the launch and said it is a great starting point for the group but it will be good when something long-term comes along in terms of a shed and meeting place.

“This is the stuff that really makes communities work,” Cr Friend said.

“Good opportunities come from the bad, such as the disaster we experienced, including the benefits from corporate organisations and people who come together to help after tragedy strikes.”

Cr Jones said council had received an offer from a major company and were very pleased but are still working on the logistics of getting the men a permanent shed.

But the group is not just for men.

Anyone is welcome to attend, to share skills, wisdom and stories, while having a good time socially.

The group also helps conquer depression and improve the self-esteem of those members in the community feeling a bit blue.

Meetings will be held on a monthly basis and a date will be arranged soon.

For more information regarding the activity shed contact Maurice Hennessy on 5462 4606 or Graham Windolf on 5462 3956.

The Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) will hold a conference to showcase the growth and permeation of Men's Sheds throughout Australia, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 21 to 23, 2011.

There are now 450 sheds and 40,000 men involved in the movement that is now attracting worldwide interest.

For more information take a look at the website www.dcconferences.com.au/mensshed


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