UNDER a sea of umbrellas, members of the Inverloch community braved the cold and rain on Tuesday, July 5 as ground was broken in the construction of the new Inverloch Men’s Shed located in the southwest corner of the Inverloch Recreation Reserve.
Merv Riley, who championed the building of a Men’s Shed in Inverloch, turned the first sod before the celebration moved inside for a light luncheon.
“It’s terrific – like a dream,” said Mr Riley.
“You can see it starting to go. Everything we’ve been waiting for is starting to happen.”
Julian Sellers, president of the Inverloch Men’s Shed, spoke during the luncheon and took the opportunity to thank all the people, organisations and businesses that assisted or gave donations to the Inverloch Men’s Shed, as well as previous president Ken Roberts.
“On behalf of the committee and members of the Inverloch Men’s Shed, I thank you for attending today and for your continued support,” Mr Sellers said.
“We hope to have it up and locked up by mid-September and our official opening around about November 2016.”
Lindsay Oates, vice president of the Victoria Men’s Shed Association, also spoke during the luncheon, as well as local Member of Parliament Brian Paynter.
“This community is really going to benefit from the Men’s Shed,” said Mr Oates.
“I’m sure once that building is up, your numbers will grow, and I’m sure you’re going to be back to your local MP very shortly saying, ‘We want a bigger shed’.”
The construction of the new Men’s Shed was made possible through various community donations, as well as a $60,000 grant from the Victorian government.
Men’s Sheds across Australia are community based not-for-profits that seek to improve the health and well-being of their members and provide men with an environment where they can work on various projects at their own pace and on their own time.
Construction begins for Inverloch Men’s Shed