22.1 C
Byron Shire
December 2, 2021

Work set to start on Ballina Men’s Shed

Latest News

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Other News

The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

NSW public schools to strike December 7 

The president of the NSW Teachers Federation announced on Saturday morning that NSW public school teachers and principals will go on strike one day next week.

Cr Basil Cameron’s Mayoral choice

Cr Cate Coorey is my choice for mayor. I have worked with Cate on Council for the last five years....

Taking the tourism tiger by the tail

Tourism is a key economic driver of the Byron Shire and despite the impacts of the pandemic on the...

Not wedging

Though it may be puzzling to some, I am heartened to see that some of the candidates for the...

Byron’s shame

On Thursday, Brandon Saul was being interviewed on BayFM. He is coordinating funding for the Fletcher Street centre for...

Ballina Community Men’s Shed Team Leader Graham Eggins and Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with members of the Ballina Community Men’s Shed.

Construction will begin shortly of a new, purpose-built Men’s Shed at Ballina after the NSW government announced today it would put $150,000 in funding towards the facility.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said Men’s Sheds were becoming ‘a vital part of the community, which creates valuable opportunities for so many men in the region’.

Although a Men’s Shed already exists in Ballina, Mr Franklin said the new facility will mean members will have a bigger and safer space to carry out more activities.

‘When constructed the new facility will include a more flexible workshop, assembly spaces, storage and specialised woodwork and metalwork tools,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘But most importantly, the new facility will include a better kitchen space. We know that the conversations had over a tea or coffee are the most valuable part of the Men’s Shed community.

Team Leader for the Ballina Community Men’s Shed Graham Eggins said ‘We are extremely grateful for this funding grant announced today and for Ben Franklin’s incredible ongoing support for the Shed.’

‘It has been the turning point in the long and winding road towards securing the facility the community so desperately needs. Construction of a fully operative stage one can now commence,’ Mr Eggins said.

‘The projects completed by the Men’s Shed are extraordinary,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘But it is the social aspect – the mateship and comradery which makes this Men’s Shed so special. It is a space where men can go and not have to worry about issues they are facing in their daily lives.

‘Men’s Sheds like the one in Ballina are one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to be productive and valued members of our community,’ he said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great news they have been looking for a permanent venue for years. Too bad it takes an election coming up for them to get the funding- takes the gloss of this announcement.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons River peaking overnight and the...

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about four months ago. We were...