Gracemere Men’s Shed president Paul Devine and some of the group’s members unveil a model of the shed they hope to operate from one day.
Gracemere Men’s Shed president Paul Devine and some of the group’s members unveil a model of the shed they hope to operate from one day. Chris Ison

Men want more than a model

THE members of Gracemere Men's Shed Association have big plans, but president Paul Devine said the first step was getting more members.

The group, which is affiliated with the nation-wide Men's Shed organisation, held a function on Saturday to welcome Queensland Men's Shed president Graeme Curnow and unveil a model shed, just one of the group's dreams for the future.

Councillors Rose Swadling and Sandra O'Brien and Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd cut a ribbon at the function to mark the unveiling of the model.

But with only 24 members and little funding, Mr Devine said having their own shed was a project for "way in the future".

"We need a shed to do our duties in instead of moving between members' sheds, but firstly we need more money and a lot more people to come along," he said.

"Ideally we want every man in Gracemere to turn up."

The group is funded purely by donations and the members' own donations.

Mr Devine said the group was vital for offering support to men in the community.

"Some men have no one else to turn to," he said.

"That's what we're here for."

Mr Devine said overall the day was a success, with Mr Curnow making a presentation about the importance of Men's Shed groups.

"He really pointed out the benefits of the association," Mr Devine said.

Mr Devine said any boys over the age of 13 could come along to the group's meetings every Saturday and that women could also become associate members.

"We've got a really top bunch of blokes here," he said.

To find out more information, phone Mr Devine on 0428 135 598.



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