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Bundaberg Men’s Sheds and council team up for local communities

ABOVE: There’s no tool like an old tool! Launching the Mayor’s Old Tools Lunch held in July.
L TO R (front) John Guerin, Woodgate Men’s Shed; Mayor Jack Dempsey;  Rob Dight, Childers Men’s Shed;  Jason Medcalf, Coopers Home Hardware; John Murdoch and Graham Watkins (rear) Coral Coast Men’s Shed.

Across the country Men’s Sheds deliver positive outcomes for local communities, and the Bundaberg Region (Qld) is lucky enough to boast six Men’s Sheds.

These Men’s Sheds ensure the reach of the movement spreads from the major regional centre of Bundaberg through to the outlying rural areas of Childers and Gin Gin and to the beachside location of Woodgate.

“One cannot speak highly enough of the calibre of the Men’s Shed organisation and the role it delivers to communities by way of promoting friendship and fellowship,” says Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Cr Jack Dempsey.

“The care and compassion, the connection and the conversations they engender across communities where isolation and loneliness are prevalent are invaluable contributions to the fabric of our society.”

Across Australia, a number of Men’s Sheds and councils have developed close partnerships to work together in strengthening their local communities.

“For many sheds, a great deal comes from a working relationship between the Men’s Shed and it’s council,” said David Helmers Australian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer.

Men’s Sheds and councils have found ways to improve local public spaces and deliver programs to improve the lives of local people. Across the Bundaberg region, the story is no different.

Local sheds have built buddy benches for primary schools, assist local people with minor maintenance and construct items for community groups.

Most importantly, the sheds come together to promote positive health and wellbeing for men in the Bundaberg Region.

In recognition, earlier this year the Bundaberg Mayor led an investment back into the Men’s Sheds in his region through fundraising and donations at the Mayor’s first Old Tools Lunch.

“Bundaberg Regional Council is only too happy to be on board and support these groups in fulfilling an essential community role. Recently, I had the pleasure of organising and hosting the annual Bundaberg Region Old Tools Lunch which raised $1000 for each of the six local Men’s Shed groups,” said Mayor Dempsey.

“The event was also an opportunity for people to donate new or used tools that were shared equally among the group.”