New lathe for Merimbula Men’s Shed

Phil Cheek and Phil Andrew with the old woodturning lathe. Photo: Zach Hubber
Phil Cheek and Phil Andrew with the old woodturning lathe. Photo: Zach Hubber

Merimbula Men’s Shed will soon boast a modern woodturning lathe thanks to a $4996 grant from the federal government.

President Lindsay Green said he had lost hope of receiving the grant, but was happy when it was announced two weeks ago.

“We desperately needed this new lathe,” Mr Green said.

Treasurer Phil Cheek said the current lathes were limited, while the new one will allow for the creation of 800mm platters.

Former Regional Affairs Minister Fiona Nash said the funding was identified by the Men’s Shed members to expand their activities and produce quality products.

“Living in rural NSW, I know how important the Men’s Shed is for providing men with activities and support and for fostering strong community ties,” Ms Nash said.

“This funding round helps Men’s Sheds to buy tools and equipment, support community projects and training, maintain or develop their buildings, or create local activities to improve men’s health.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and investing in Men’s Shed helps do that.”

The Merimbula Men’s Shed has 65 members and offers community projects, woodworking activities, skills training, metalwork and health programs, as well as partnerships with local health providers and welfare and disability service providers.

Mr Cheek encouraged other men in the community to get in touch and be involved with the Men’s Shed.