Boost for West Moonah Community Shed

3 December 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Boost for West Moonah Community Shed|

WOODEN bowls, pens and candle holders are just a few of the creations coming from the West Moonah Community Shed.

The West Moonah Community Shed is one of 25 Men’s and Community Sheds to benefit from the 2019-20 Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA) Grants Program after receiving a grant of more than $3,400 to purchase a new wood lathe.

West Moonah Community Shed coordinator Peter Marshall said the shed regulars were “thrilled” with the machinery.

“The new lathe enables us to produce a whole new and different range of wooden items that we weren’t previously able to make, so that is causing a lot of excitement for many of our members,” he said.

“We are so impressed with some of the items that we have been able to create on the lathe, we thought we might even be able to sell some of them at local community markets and generate money that we can then put back into the shed and buy other equipment.”

Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer visited the shed recently to inspect the wood lathe and some of the wonderful woodwork pieces it was being used to make.

“The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of our community organisations and the valuable role they play in fostering community spirit and building a more inclusive Tasmania,” she said.

“They provide a safe and supportive place for people to connect, engage and get involved in meaningful community activities and projects.”

Community and Men’s Sheds play an integral part in promoting a sense of community, while providing a safe, supportive environment where people can form friendships, learn and share skills, as well as receive support and advice on their health and wellbeing.

“Since the Government established the program, more than $374,000 has been provided to Men’s and Community Sheds, which has supported 140 projects across Tasmania,” Ms Archer said.

“Men’s and Community Sheds around the state have hundreds of dedicated volunteers who deserve special recognition for the enormous amounts of time and effort they give in support of their local shed.”

Caption: West Moonah Community Shed coordinator Peter Marshall gives local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer a static demonstration of the new wood lathe that was provided through a Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association grant.

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