‘Cutting the ribbon’ will take on a whole new meaning at the launch of Glen Park Men’s Shed this Friday 19 March, with the sawing of a wooden plank to open the facility.
The $110,000 project – made possible by funding from Council ($50,000), the Department of Planning and Community Development ($50,000) and in-kind support from Mitre 10 and Glen Park Men’s Shed members ($10,000) – provides a hands-on learning and social environment for Maroondah men.
Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Alex Makin, said the building would become a focal point for men – young and not so young – to interact, learn a new skill and deliver projects of benefit to the community.
“There’s nothing new about men gathering together in their own space to talk, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems or just discuss life in general,” Cr Makin said.
“However, what is new is that men – particularly retirees – are combining these activities in a communal space known as a men’s shed,” Cr Makin said.
“The Glen Park Men’s Shed will provide such a communal space to support men’s health and wellbeing and promote social interaction,” Cr Makin said.
“Activities offered will aim to provide opportunities for life-long learning and open the door to volunteering, connecting with others and contributing to the community,” Cr Makin said.
“It is envisaged that Glen Park Men’s Shed participants will have the chance to complete projects and mentor young people from the facility,” Cr Makin said.
“Council is delighted to support Glen Park Men’s Shed and I’m sure it will be well received by the community,” Cr Makin said.
Cr Makin joined fellow councillors Tony Dib, Natalie Thomas, Paul Macdonald and Ann Fraser along with Mr Leane, Deakin MP Mike Symon and other representatives to officially open the facility.
People interested in learning more about Glen Park Men’s Shed can phone Glen Park Community Centre on 9294 7525.