Ballina Men's Shed closer, but still $150,000 short
BLOKES in Ballina are itching to start building.
They've got the land, they've got big plans, but they still haven't got the dosh.
The Newcastle Permanent Building Society Charitable Foundation has given these fellas a big leg-up with a $77,500 donation for construction and fit-out of a shed.
The Ballina Community Men's Shed needs $350,000 to start work building a 40m by 20m shed at 44 Fishery Creek Rd in Ballina.
Team leader Graham Eggins said the money had been piling up, but there was about $150,000 left to be raised.
He said Newcastle Permanent's big donation had given the boys in the Men's Shed "great joy" - and he was hopeful work could start early next year.
The men's shed currently meets at Southern Cross School K-12 at East Ballina and aims to give blokes a place to meet to reduce male isolation.
The demand for the group continues - Mr Eggins said a new Friday group had just begun, bringing the membership to about 50.
While Mr Eggins said the blokes appreciated the support they had received from the school since the men's shed first began in 2009, the school's facilities just weren't big enough to cater for the demand.
For these blokes, size does matter - and the planned new shed at Fishery Creek Rd, which has been approved by Ballina Shire Council, will allow for more members, and for more things for men to do inside the on-site house, like electronics or to simply have a cuppa and a chat.
The Ballina Community Men's Shed meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-noon.
Phone Mr Eggins on 0416 004 013.