A haven for boys of all ages
THE Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) is building on a well-loved feature of Australian culture: the backyard shed.
Geared specifically for men to immerse themselves in the "shed culture", the Men's Shed is a meeting place where "men come to fix things, make things, teach, learn, and to socialise", the MCG's Ken Bright said.
"It's not about what we need, but what we already have and build on it.
"It also answers the question, where do men gather?" Ken said.
"It provides an arena for men to re-invent communication styles that lead to co-operation and collaboration. Healthy men make a healthy community."
In addition to providing a facility where men can work on a project of their own choice in their own time, Men's Shed also provides a valuable community health service.
"Becoming a member of a Men's Shed gives a man that safe and supportive environment to make new friends and keep his mind active in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship," Ken said.
"There is no pressure - men and their sons can just come and have a chat and a cuppa."
First up on the agenda is to prepare the site and install a gate, conduct an audit on existing tools, and gather more recycled building materials and equipment.
"There is a real need for this in the community, where boys can learn from older guys in the community," member Wes Davis said.
"It's just good to be around other blokes making stuff."
The Men's Shed is affiliated with the Federal government-funded Australian Men's Shed Association, a network of around 900 sheds around Australia.
Men of all ages are invited to a Men's Shed barbecue and working bee, from 9am, on Monday. Enquiries, phone Ken on 0402 006 893 or Terry on 0466 691 721.