Graham Wilson, Cara Badger, Bob Bray, Millie Bray, Lola Hannah, Brian Bracknell, Murray Lathwell, Ray Richards.MORE than 50 people turned out for the Dumbleyung and Districts’ Men’s Shed opening ceremony on Wednesday last week.
The opening was a culmination of more than three years of hard work by a committee which was formed after a group of enthusiastic local men attended a West Australian Men’s Shed Association (WAMSA) annual conference at the Mukinbudin’s Men’s Shed in 2009.
After three years of fundraising and support from the Shire of Dumbleyung, Lotterywest and local benefactors, the men now have a facility to use.
The broader community was invited to attend the opening ceremony and barbecue to celebrate their achievements and came along to show their support.
John Cecil of ABC Radio broadcasted from the shed and officially opened the facility.
Other speakers at the event included representatives from Regional Men’s Health, Onelife, WAMSA, the Shire of Dumbleyung and Dumbleyung Men’s Shed president Bob Hannah.
Dumbleyung Men’s Shed secretary Graham Wilson said the involvement of Mr Cecil dated back to 2010, when he first attended a ‘Dry Season’ barbecue held during this drought year by the Dumbleyung Shire.
“He expressed his interest in men’s health, especially mental health wellbeing and said when the Men’s Shed got off the ground he would be there for the opening – and he was as good as his word,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said the opening had also been boosted by the attendance of former Dumbleyung residents who had returned to town for the 40th anniversary of the Dumbleyung Garden Club.
He thanked Garden Club members and members’ wives who made salads for the barbecue and Cara Badger from the Dumbleyung Shire who had helped set up for the event.
Murray Gracie, secretary of WAMSA, spoke at the opening ceremony and explained that for many people, the local men’s sheds were the key to maintaining social contact following retirement and maintaining a positive attitude to men’s health and wellbeing.
“WAMSA held a conference in Perth last week which had record number of attendees and this proves the strength of the Men’s Shed movement,” Mr Gracie said.
Two representatives from the Dumbleyung and Districts Men’s Shed attended and re-iterated that the event was a successful event filled with networking opportunities.
The Men’s Shed has grown from strength to strength in the past three years and now has 21 members.
Mr Wilson said that with the help of a Lotterywest grant, the shed now had woodwork and other equipment and was just about set up.
One of the many projects on board for members is building nest boxes for the endangered Red Tail Phascogale and others include working with the local school students for woodwork lessons and working on other odd jobs around town.
A major project underway is the installation of a toilet block at the Nippering cemetery.
Anyone who has any ideas for the group or would like to become a member, can contact Graham Wilson on 9863 4727.
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