Men and Family Centre manager Stuart Anderson and intake worker Paul Clarke clean up the missing Mens Shed on its return to
Men and Family Centre manager Stuart Anderson and intake worker Paul Clarke clean up the missing Mens Shed on its return to

Wheels roll to put shed back on road

By ANDY PARKS andy.parks@northernstar.com.au THE Mobile Men's Shed stolen from Lismore earlier this month has been recovered in Glen Innes, but it hasn't escaped unscathed.

The 'shed' is actually a 1950s Dodge truck used to travel across the region to discuss and promote men's health. It was stolen on November 17 at midnight after neighbours saw it being taken from outside the Men and Family Centre in Coleman Street.

According to manager Stuart Anderson, the 'shed' was recovered with some equipment missing and in need of some new paintwork. The stolen equipment included a gas bottle and stove and a table and chairs.

"When we got it back there were still sleeping bags and clothes in it, which appeared to belong to a man and woman," he said.

Police at Glen Innes believe the vehicle was stolen by a couple travelling to Victoria from Queensland, who dumped it at the side of the road when it ran out of fuel. They are believed to have stolen another car and have been arrested and taken to Coonabarabran police station.

The thieves had sprayed over signage advertising the Men and Family Centre, but left one that said 'support healthy relationships'.

Mr Anderson said he hoped the van could be cleaned up after getting quotes for new signage and said it should be back in action in Nimbin by tomorrow.

"I never thought it would work, but men really see it as an opportunity to talk about things that have been nagging them for years. They won't pick up the phone, but we've had men running down the street after it," he said.



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