Shark Bay Community Men’s Shed moves into new headquarters
Members of the Shark Bay Community Men’s Shed have been handed over the keys to its new headquarters in a much-needed upgrade from their old premises.
Up to this point the community group had to operate out of a shed that lacked basic amenities including power, water or toilets.
Clearly needing an upgrade, the Men’s Shed teamed up with Shark Bay Shire to apply for a building grant with the State Government.
They were successful, receiving a $110,000 cash injection through the Gaming Community Trust to get the project off the ground.
SBCMS secretary treasurer David Lergessner said the new digs on Hughes Street were a significant step up.
“We had to bring in a generator to make the tools work at the old shed,” he said.
“We had a lot of members but we lost them because we didn’t have power.”
Mr Lergessner hopes the new shed’s central location will turn a few heads and bring in a more diverse group of people.
“There was a time before COVID when we opened on a Saturday morning to get more people in. It brought lots of women in seeking assistance,” he said.
“What we should be doing is a day when women have access to the shed and we can do training in handyman skills.”
Mr Lergessner said men’s sheds played an important role in regional communities.
“We have a problem with male suicide,” he said.
“A lot of young people don’t see a way forward.
“I would like to do something in that sort of area to bring them in and teach them a few things.”
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44, according to the Black Dog Institute.
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