Terry Mason and Men’s Shed supporters applaud as Wayne O’Neil, Peter Murphy, Tony Goninan, Andrew Fraser and John Mandile set their saws to the cake at the Men’s Shed birthday.
Terry Mason and Men’s Shed supporters applaud as Wayne O’Neil, Peter Murphy, Tony Goninan, Andrew Fraser and John Mandile set their saws to the cake at the Men’s Shed birthday. Rob Wright

Mates workout

IT’S the place where mates are made and men are at their most productive.

The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed just celebrated its first birthday.

“It’s amazing, we opened in February last year and started with just a couple of tables of tools and the bare minimum really,” Men’s Shed manager Peter Murphy said.

“Now we look around and there’s probably a workshop with $150,000 in tools.

"We have 170 registered participants and 15 mentors making it a busy and productive workshop.

"And every machine in the shed holds a story of its own, of how it got here, through the generous donations and fundraising by community groups and businesses.”

A statewide success story, men’s sheds have been developed as a means of combating men’s health issues.

The workshops promote health and well being, overcome isolation, loneliness and depression, while allowing men of all ages to develop wood and metal working skills, but more importantly mateship.

“It really is a community service.

"We receive funding through donations from within the local community, and try to give back where we can by making items that can be put to use.”

The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed is located at 3/22-24 Marcia Street, Coffs Harbour, and is open Wednesday to Friday from 8.30am- 3.30pm.



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