Council Helps Fund Wauchope Mens Shed Move
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will help the Wauchope Mens Shed to relocate to the Wauchope Showground.
Council has allocated $50,000 from the sale of Timbertown to assist the group following the loss of their former 'shed'.
Administrator Garry Payne said, "The Mens Shed is a very worthwhile organisation and we are happy to be able to support them with re-establishing their presence in Wauchope.
"We have been looking at a number of options and believe this is the best outcome for the group with Council helping to contribute to the cost of a replacement Shed in Wauchope.
"The Mens Shed has proven itself to be a valuable community resource, not only for the men, but for the whole community.
"We are pleased to be able to allocate a small part of the proceeds of the sale of Timbertown to keep a Mens Shed in Wauchope," Mr Payne said.
Mort Shearer, Chairman of The Hastings Mens Shed said, "It is gratifying to see Mens Sheds being accepted as an important part of our community.
"I am really pleased that Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has taken up the challenge to assist us with this very kind funding opportunity."
"Across Australia governments at all levels, local, state and federal are realising the value of providing this form of community resource. Clear evidence of this is the major allocation of funds from the Federal Government to the Mens Sheds movement as part of the first Australian Male Health Policy.
"The Wauchope Show Society has kindly made land available in the Showground for the replacement Shed and now with the money that Council has given us, we are now able to move forward," Mr Shearer said.
The Mens Shed Committee is finalising details and quotes and expects the new Shed to be in operation shortly.