SHEDDING SOME LIGHT: Pictured at the Bangalow Lions Club Men’s Shed are, from left, Tim Mathieson, Chris Handley, Richard Rombouts, Rick Heinemann, Tony Heeson, Jim Clark, and Tony McCabe.
SHEDDING SOME LIGHT: Pictured at the Bangalow Lions Club Men’s Shed are, from left, Tim Mathieson, Chris Handley, Richard Rombouts, Rick Heinemann, Tony Heeson, Jim Clark, and Tony McCabe. Cathy Adams

Bangalow's Men's Shed among best: national ambassador

BANGALOW'S Men's Shed was "one of the best" in the country according to national ambassador and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard's partner, Tim Mathieson.

The Australian Men's Shed ambassador met with Bangalow members yesterday to offer support and advice for the shed's upcoming project.

Bangalow Men's Shed member Tony Heeson said the project would see 24 much needed car parks built for the Bangalow community.

"We've spent already $41,000 building this shed to this stage," he said.

"We've got enough funds to do that but we need some help on the car park.

"We're going to provide another 24 much needed car parks for the Bangalow community but it's going to cost us about $45,000 to do that, and we just don't have that."

Mr Heeson said the Bangalow Men's Shed was looking for help from members of the community who could fill and level the car park or assist with earthworks and rolling compaction.

He said financial donations would also be greatly appreciated.

Mr Mathieson said from almost one thousand sheds he had seen over the six years, Bangalow Men's Shed was a standout.

"This is probably one of the best sheds I've seen," said.

"The guys just love coming in here and doing wood or metal work and making things for their community."

Mr Mathieson said Men's Sheds were extremely good at creating an environment where men didn't feel reluctant to talk about their physical and mental health.

"If you invited all these guys here on a Tuesday night for a Men's Health meeting in Bangalow, it would be lucky if any of them came," he said.

"But if you say let's have a Men's Shed meeting and say we'll have a cup of tea afterwards, they'll all come… and then they'll talk about things they would have talked about at the men's health meeting.

"Men have to be doing something to talk about their general health issues and general mental health."

For more information go to http://www.mensshed.org.



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