MEMBERS of the Ballina Community Men's Shed are a determined lot.

They need to raise $275,000 to build a new, 20m by 40m shed at their Fishery Creek Rd property, but even that large figure hasn't put them off the task at hand.

"We have a vision for the future, and that's what we're working towards," Warren Gibson said.

"We will definitely get there."

This week, an open day was held at their new property, giving members a chance to have a look at the site.

Held during Men's Health Week, the open day also involved a voluntary medical check up with registered nurse Liam Byrne from the Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service.

Men had 10 minute consultations with Liam to ensure their health was on track.

Members also inspected the house on the property, made lists of the work that needs to be done and considered draft plans to modify the house for disabled access.

Electronics and computer expert Patrick Madigan was on hand to teach the blokes some new skills.

And, of course, all of this activity was followed up with a well-earned barbecue lunch and cuppa.

The Ballina Community Men's shed is relocating from Southern Cross K-12 School to the Fishery Creek Rd site because it needed a bigger space.

The aim of the group is to address social isolation and give men the opportunity to learn new skills.


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