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20 June, 2021

Men's Shed goes all buggy

BEACONSFIELD Road Men’s Shed are currently working on restoring a buggy intended for a 150 year reunion at Salt Bush Park.

The buggy is being restored at the request of the family who own Saltbush Park, where it was shipped to Mackay to be restored.

Saltbush park is a homestead located near Nebo.

Shed Coordinators Bruce Kearney and Ray Gould said retirement can be challenging for men, but often uses wood working projects to bring men together.

Mr Kearney said many men are looking to connect with others, where he emphasised their motto was “blokes building communities”.

“Everybody loves it mate. They’re a great group of blokes – they all get on so well,” Mr Kearney said.

“It’s made a big difference to them: they got somewhere to go.”

Mr Gould explained having an avenue to talk and connect with like-minded men made a huge difference to their daily lives.

“It gives them that social contact you lose when you leave work. (This is) providing a suitable area, where retired people can come and enjoy everyone else’s company.” Mr Gould said.

Mr Kearney said this men’s shed is an outreach of the Church of Christ, where their projects have greatly helped the Mackay community.

Adding to this, Mr Kearney said the men’s shed has given Mackay’s retirees a new purpose and lease on life.

“It’s really about having a safe environment for elderly men to come along and enjoy each others company and do a bit of work on different projects of their own,” Mr Kearney said.

“(It’s) projects for the community, which is generally the idea. We’ve made a chart table, which we’ve donated to VMR a few years ago.

“We’ve made a timber framed canoe, which was used to raise money to build the extension on the shed.”

Many of the completed projects they made were generously donated to organisations, such as the Beaconsfield Special School.

This donation was “a number of planner boxes for the Beaconsfield Special School”.

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