Tony Heeson from the Bangalow Lions Club at Bangalow Showgrounds where a new Men's Shed was to have been built. The shed will now go on land owned by the Catholic Church.
Tony Heeson from the Bangalow Lions Club at Bangalow Showgrounds where a new Men's Shed was to have been built. The shed will now go on land owned by the Catholic Church. Megan Kinninment

Bangalow men’s shed looking likely after council approval

BANGALOW could have its very own Men's Shed built by Christmas with plans approved at the last Byron Shire Council's Reserve Trust Committee meeting.

The application for a Men's Shed to be built at the Bangalow Showground was supported by the committee who, as Reserve Trust Manager of the Bangalow Park Showground Reserve Trust, voted to submit the DA to Crown Lands for final consent.

The Men's Shed idea was initiated by president of the Bangalow Lions Club and Bangalow Billycart Derby convener, Tony Heeson, who said the shed will bring many benefits to menfolk in the town.

"The Lions are very supportive of this project. It fits with their goal of being of service to the community," Mr Heeson said.

"It will give the men somewhere to meet socially as well as teach the younger generation traditional skills like carpentry," he said.

The Men's Shed movement is growing across Australia, Mr Heeson said, with sheds used to provide a communal space for men to make, repair and teach or just meet up for a cuppa.

There are already Men's Sheds groups operating in Mullumbimby, Ballina, Casino, Evans Head and Lismore.

Mr Heeson said the Bangalow Men's Shed would be a 56m2 metal shed and built on a concrete slab as an addition to the old stable block at the showground.

Shed membership would not be restricted to members of the Lions Club, however the Lions would pay for its construction then lease the shed back from the showground.

Steve Jarrett from the Bangalow Showground Grounds Committee said the shed proposal was discussed "too briefly" at the showground's last meeting.

Mr Jarrett said he had concerns about the location for the shed and the issue would be discussed again at the showground committee's meeting next Tuesday



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