Lots of benefits for blokes to be in shed
BALLINA GP Dr Chris Jambor admitted that he had that male trait of not being big on communication, compared with females.
But he was congratulated on Wednesday night of last week for communicating very well the health and social benefits of the Ballina Community Men's Shed.
He was speaking at the official launch of the men's shed's relocation and expansion project - which will cost $275,000 to see come to fruition.
"Women are excellent communicators. Blokes are absolutely diametrically opposite," Dr Jambor said.
"But the Irish men's shed motto is 'Men don't talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder'."
He said the men's shed gave blokes a chance to work "shoulder to shoulder" where they could work and talk, giving them a sense of purpose.
From that, he said, came many health and social benefits.
Co-ordinator of the Ballina Community Men's Shed, Graham Eggins, said the Ballina population was ageing, and there was a demand for the expanded men's shed.
He said the local men's shed - which is part of the growing national movement - had been formed three years ago and meets weekly at a workshop at Southern Cross School K-12.
But the planned new 40m by 20m shed at the Ballina Shire Council-owned property at 44 Fishery Creek Road would allow up to 50 men to work on projects, and allow the shed to open six days a week.
Mr Eggins said the community's support was needed for the project.
Fundraising co-ordinator Ray Carrall said the men's shed hopes to secure about $50,000 from businesses in either gifts or work-in-kind, $150,000 from government grants and the remaining $75,000 from the community.
The Rotary Club of Ballina at last week's public meeting donated $1000.
The Ballina Community Men's Shed is holding an open day at 44 Fishery Creek Rd on June 12 from 9.30am to noon. For more information, see the men's shed's website ballinacommunitymens shed.org.au.