Dedicated to Kooralbyn

Adrian Sandell receives his award from Mayor Greg Christensen. Photo by Keer Moriarty.

Although retired, Scenic Rim Citizen of the Year (65+), Adrian Sandell is a busy man.

He spends most of his days in volunteer roles for several community organisations in Kooralbyn.

 Adrian was instrumental in the establishment of the Kooralbyn Men’s Shed after moving to the area four years ago and has become a mainstay of the local community.

He saw a need to provide help to men who were experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Today the Kooralbyn Men’s Shed now has up to 15 regular attendees.

The men provide the small, close-knit community with bagged firewood during winter and also work on projects including making bird feeders and possum boxes as well as furniture restoration.

Adrian’s community involvement goes beyond the Men’s Shed.

Through his role as President of the Kooralbyn Community Group, he also oversees the Op shop, Community Garden and a Crop Swap.

He has supported numerous local events by organising volunteers and been involved with the Kokoda Youth Foundation, hosting a group of young members at the Men’s Shed.

Adrian thanked his wife for her support through his journey and the Kooralbyn Community Group for their part in making a difference in Kooralbyn.

“It has meant a lot of sacrifice and hard work along the way, but for me it certainly has been well worth it,” he said.

“It is very satisfying and fulfilling for me to do this work and to see what we’ve achieved in our little community in the four years I’ve been involved.”

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