The building of the new Narooma Men’s Shed is now seriously underway, with the block leveled and the first container for the metal shed delivered, the building of the main shed will begin in a couple of weeks.
Remember the fires? Last January a Hunter Valley miner, a mines supervisor, Pat Archer contacted the NAROOMA MEN’S SHED to see if they could act as a reception /distribution centre for a tools donation by the Glencore Bulga open cut miners of Ravensworth.
Narooma Men’s Shed knew things were happening but on April 3rd a truck rolled into town with six pallets of tools conservatively valued at $36,000. A massive donation of new and used tools.
How did this happen? Pat was asked; “well I was watching the box, saw the devastation caused by the fires and as I watched one report and I thought, hell the sheds are gone too. They will have no tools now. So we started the collection effort.
The maintenance manager at Ravensworth Darren Meyer, took up the cause and donations came from Atom Tool Supplies and Ausmech Industries totalling $15000, and together with miners sorting out their home sheds, six pallets arrived into the welcoming arms and smiles of Danielle and helpers at the Cobargo Relief Centre. The centre has taken on the job of reception/distribution as the Narooma men’s shed is closed due to the pandemic.
From a distance and from the heart, the kindness and concern of strangers has made a difference. The tools are already on their way to a wide group of affected people and their communities
A massive SHOUT OUT to the Bulga mob and their wonderfully generous contacts. You have lifted spirits down south as we go through these, the most testing of times in all our lives.
Bernie Perrett, Narooma Men’s Shed
The Shed will close for 4 weeks from close of business on Thursday 19th March 2020.
This decision has been carefully considered by the Committee and is being taken to ensure the health of shed members is not compromised by attendance at the shed due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
We understand that this may be disruptive to member’s lifestyles but your health is of paramount importance to the Committee.
We will monitor developments in relation to the Corona Virus and will review the situation in 4 weeks and inform the membership of any decision made by the Committee.
Please check your emails regularly for any updates and thank you for your understanding of this potentially hazardous and continuously evolving adverse health situation.
Narooma Mens Shed Committee
The whales are mostly out now and appearing on the businesses about town. We have picked up a few new customers. Thank you to the members of the community and especially the business people who support our town and the Men’s Shed by either buying or renting a whale.
We have also made a few penguins and we are in the process of making some Santa’s. We still have a few whales in stock but not many. Thanks to Curley, Rick, Rody, John Voytas, Jonathon and Steve for their help.
When you come to the shed next time, you will see in the Recreation Room a 3D model made by Bernie as to what it will look like and the amount of space we will have.
So Bernie has encouraged us to form up small teams to discuss what we can do with the space to meet both our current activities as well as to provide space for new activities. It is an important exercise so that we identify the water, electricity, lighting, dust extraction needs and work spaces. So now is the time to get involved as we may have only 4 weeks to firm things up!
Yes it was a long time ago, February in fact, when we all celebrated at the Scout Hall the signing of the lease on the adjacent land.
Since then, we have had countless meetings among the members and our architect in terms of designing our future home, followed by many meetings with Council trying to get agreement to a workable design.
Well, that effort has finally resulted in a signed DA so that we can start to move forward with making it happen.
The building sub-committee continues to meet every 2 weeks to keep the planning on track. We have Expression of Interest from a number of local tradespeople wishing to get involved.
We will be looking to form a small group of members interested in
planning our native gardens around and within our new site. If you have an interest in being part of the Planting group could you let Wal or Bernie know please?