HELP, PLEASE: Ballina Men’s Shed team leader Graham Eggins at the site of the new shed on Fishery Creek Rd, West Ballina.
HELP, PLEASE: Ballina Men’s Shed team leader Graham Eggins at the site of the new shed on Fishery Creek Rd, West Ballina.

Men’s plan for move

THE Ballina Men's Shed will launch its major Relocation and Expansion Project this month, and members of the community are invited.

The 2012 Citizen of the Year, Col Lee, will chair the meeting at the Richmond Room on May 22 from 7pm.

Ballina Men's Shed team leader Graham Eggins said the night would be attended by people who "share the vision, challenge, progress and the specific areas of help required for the achievement of this project".

"We have been operating for the past three years at the Southern Cross K-12 School, Chickiba Dr, East Ballina," he said.

"As appreciative as we are of the tremendous start given us at that location we have seriously outgrown it.

"Ballina Shire Council has leased us a property at 44 Fishery Creek Rd which has an existing two- bedroom dwelling and has now approved the erection of a 40 x 20m shed on that property which will allow us to centralise, have an office, grow, diversify our activities, and allow much wider involvement from the community.

"Needless to say the establishment of a purpose-built workshop and meeting space that a men's shed requires is an expensive exercise."

Mr Eggins said they needed to raise about $275,000 in capital costs.

The launch of the Relocation and Expansion Project will include many fundraising initiatives.

Mr Eggins said the launch night on May 22 was about explaining the importance of the project. To RSVP phone 0416 004 013.


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