THE MEENIYAN Men’s Shed will expand its offering of activities and contribute even more to the community thanks to a $40,000 building extension, which was officially opened last week.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos did the honours at the Meeniyan Men’s Shed’s HQ at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve last Thursday, cutting the ribbon on the extension to the old Scout Hall, made possible by a $30,000 State Government grant and $10,000 South Gippsland Shire Council grant.
She later visited the Wonthaggi Woodcrafters’ Shed to open significant renovatiions there.
Ms Mikakos praised the Meeniyan group for its many contributions to the community and to men’s mental health over the past three years, and particularly for emphasising inclusivity by incorporating a disability accessible toilet and disability access ramp into the design of its shed.
Meeniyan Men’s Shed president Noel Owen said the group of 15 members were delighted with the new facilities, which will be used to house metal work equipment, in addition to the existing wood work setup in the old Scout Hall.
“Our numbers are growing and we’ve got so many tools and equipment in the Scout Hall, it only takes a small number to make the place busy,” Mr Owen said.
“We’re hoping to extend into doing other projects like metal work. Anything that’s of help to the community basically.”
Also at the opening were members of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association, with president and Mirboo North resident Lindsay Oates saying the expansion of the Meeniyan branch was a great example of the growth of Men’s Sheds across the state.
“I’m very fortunate to be in a position where I see great work being done around Victoria, and the variety of skills and activities and programs is amazing,” Mr Oates said.
“We’ve got nearly 365 sheds across Victoria and that number is growing. Every shed’s different in size and makeup. But it’s all about mateship and comradeship and furthering men’s health.
“It’s essentially a meeting place. A place to talk to a mate, and that’s often easier to do when you’re working, shoulder to shoulder.”
The Meeniyan Men’s Shed meets on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and welcomes new members of all ages.
Contact George Fairweather on 0418 963 404 for more information.
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