By Tony Wells, Rotary Club of North Balwyn
The North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed, an initiative of Rotary Club of North Balwyn, has been officially and jointly opened by the Member for Kooyong in the Federal Parliament, Josh Frydenberg and the Mayor of the City of Boroondara, Councillor Phillip Healey.
Development of the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed has been a joint effort supported by the City of Boroondara, which has invested $350,000 into the project, the Federal Government which provided funding through its Stronger Communities Program for fit out and equipment, and the RC of North Balwyn.
The new Men’s Shed is situated in Buchanan Avenue at the site of the North Balwyn Bowling Club which is strongly supporting the project.
The Men’s Shed objectives are to advance the health and well-being of members by providing a safe, happy environment where skilled and unskilled men can pursue hobbies, pastimes and interests, learn new skills or practice and pass on old skills and learn about health and well-being.
Development of the Shed exemplifies the spirit of Rotary. RC North Balwyn has been working on project since 2013 lead by an active group of Rotarians including Tony Hart, David Cheney, Bernie Smith, Greg Matthews, Garth Symington, Peter Elliott and Ian Mollison. Jeanette Leigh has developed the Men’s Shed website and past member Geoff Griffiths has been closely associated with the project.
The membership of the Club contributed to the fundraising and the preparation of the facility and Canterbury Girls High School, Boroondara Park Primary School, Bunnings and the North Balwyn Bowling Club have all helped by providing tools, equipment and other services.
RC North Balwyn President, Rob Head has thanked all who have helped create a first class Men’s Shed facility in North Balwyn.
The Shed will be open between 10 am and 2 pm each Monday and Thursday.
Further detail is available at the Men’s Shed website: https://www.northbalwynmensshed.com/