President Russell Williams and long standing member Neville Wilson admiring the plaque made by member Jeff Douglas for the opening

THE Buninyong Men’s Shed had its official opening on Saturday the 13th June. The existing members were very pleased to see about 70 people attend the event. A fine morning tea, prepared by members’ wives was appreciated by attendees, who were keen to obtain a better understanding of the role and function of the Buninyong Men’s Shed.

Russell Williams explained that this Shed had grown from very small beginnings in a backyard shed, and grew to the current membership quickly. The new Shed commenced construction in 2014. This shed is known for its amenable environment and constructive culture of friendship and supportiveness. The Honourable Geoff Howard, Member for Buninyong officially opened the shed with a small shed-made plaque. Geoff’s knowledge and involvement in the area from 1999 made him a logical person for the honour.

The Buninyong Men’s Shed is fortunate to have had some wonderful benefactors in the community, and along with Government Grants, the new shed was constructed. The majority of equipment and tools in the shed has been donated. One of the main focuses is to construct equipment and items for use by local organisations; things such as school playground facilities, celebratory items such as honour boards and remembrance crosses. The President of the Beaufort Men’s Shed, Bob Forde, is also on the executive committee of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association (VMSA), which represents men who participate in Men’s Sheds across Victoria. Bob spoke of the new Sheds which were being established throughout the wider Regions, and explained how the sheds could best assist men wanting to become involved in their local community. The Buninyong Men’s Shed’s 35 members anticipate there will be more people who wish to join after this successful opening. Members participate in recreational activities, as well as opportunities to put their skills to use for the benefit of their community. It is foreseen that the members will possibly be developing mentor programs for school aged children, assisting refugees to integrate into their new community, and providing a place for participants to have a chat, learn new skills and give back to the community. An Open Day is proposed for early October to enable others in the community to see the work being done and to see if it could be something that they may also be interested in being involved in.

For information on the Buninyong Men’s Shed please call:Bill Jolly on 0414717507 OR Chris Kruger on 0408979370

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