Tucked away at the back of Wongaburra Aged Care facility is the Wongaburra Men’s Shed – a place for men to have a yarn and create items that help the community.
Wongaburra Men’s Shed began in 2014, and operates four days a week for Wongaburra residents and community members.
A lot of the tools and equipment has been donated, but the Men’s Shed has also fundraised to purchase new equipment by selling items at local markets and taking on orders for furniture sales and restoration from the public.
Sadly, during COVID, residents’ days and community days have had to be separated due to aged care restrictions, with two days a week allocated for each group.
Staff and members are hoping this will change in the future, with the combined days providing invaluable social time for Wongaburra residents.
State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause visited the Men’s Shed, inviting questions from the men in attendance.
“I really appreciate members of the Wongaburra Men’s Shed making me feel welcome on my visit,” said Mr Krause.
“Men’s Sheds all over are a great place for people to come and have a talk, while also turning their hand to making things. I know there’s been a bit of hesitancy for some people about going out places of late, but the Men’s Shed is there and I’d encourage local blokes to give it a go.”
High on the list of items needed by the Men’s Shed are a new dust extraction system and timber.
The Shed takes donations of all types of timber, which can be picked up by Men’s Shed members.
“We can take anything from pallets to wood that people have in their homes, and plywood is especially in demand for making possum boxes and bee hotels,” said Tommy Geraghty.
Wongaburra Men’s Shed operates from 8am to 2pm.
For all enquiries please phone 5540 1400.