After confirming the importance of a men’s shed in Murrurundi the group is excited to be planning a brand new shed of their own.
The Murrurundi Community Men’s Shed was first born about two years ago and has been operating out of a small shed adjacent to the Murrurundi Community Youth Centre.
With about 17 members the group has outgrown their current premise and have gained $10,000 in State Government Community Building Partnership funding to build their own fully serviced steel framed colour bond clad shed.
With the Upper Hunter Shire Council pledging its commitment to waive development fees and assist with site works up to $3000, the future is looking very bright for the group.
The men’s shed have submitted a development application to the council to erect the shed on land adjacent to Wilson Memorial Oval, however do have some other options in mind as well.
Murrurundi Community Men’s Shed secretary Phillip Dunn said with the assistance of Minerals Council of Australia and Community Building Partnership grants they have purchased some really good tools and would like to be able to use them properly.
“We are just so limited for space in the current location, but in time this will change.”
Mr Dunn said the group has already completed projects for the Murrurundi Pre-school, youth centre; Settler’s Cottage and they are currently working on a story book chair for the Murrurundi Public School garden.
However, he said people need to be aware they don’t have to do anything; they can just come along for a chat.
“Our main goal is getting our members to come and have a talk, and we don’t mind picking people up,” he said.
“Now we know our shed is going to go ahead, we will be able to enlarge our membership.”