A LARGE thicknesser and dust extractor are the newest additions to the West Moonah Community Shed thanks to more than $3000 in funding from the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA) Grants Program.
West Moonah Community Shed member Eliat Ball said a thicknesser was a woodworking machine used to trim boards to a consistent thickness.
“The thicknesser and dust extractor enables us to produce chopping boards and other popular items,” he said.
“It also makes it easier for us to prepare recycled timber to use on our projects.”
The West Moonah Community Shed is one of around 50 Men’s Sheds across Tasmania that give members the opportunity to meet up and tinker away with tools while socialising with other like-minded individuals.
West Moonah Community House manager Mel Knuckey said the funding was critical to ensure the shed’s long-term viability.
“It allows us to continue making a positive contribution to our community,” she said.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer visited the West Moonah Community Shed recently to take a look at the new machine.
Ms Archer said there was no shortage of volunteers to show her how it worked.
“It is great to see that the funding has been put to such good use by the shed volunteers and it is obvious from talking to them just how much they appreciate having the new machine,” she said.
“The State Government values the important role Men’s and Community Sheds play in our community and the support they give to the increasing number of Tasmanians by providing a safe and supportive environment.
“The TMSA Grants Program is assisting Men’s and Community Sheds to increase their capacity to continue this valuable work and deliver projects from which the greater community benefits.”
The West Moonah Community Shed is open Monday to Friday from 9am-12.30pm.
New members are always welcome.
Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with members of the West Moonah Community Shed Eliat Ball, left, and John Vass.