Council supports community-led project for Neerim District Men’s Shed

Council has entered a community lease with Neerim District Community House and Men’s Shed to develop a workshop facility located at the former Neerim Junction Tennis Courts, at 17 Court Rd, Neerim Junction.

Having secured $120,000 from the State Government, the group have plans to build a new Men’s Shed Workshop at Neerim Junction to provide them with support and networking opportunities for new members.

Baw Baw Shire Council supports the initiative and have entered a tenancy agreement with the group under a peppercorn lease. This will allow the group to operate at the facility at a minimal cost and ensure the current unused location can be transformed into a valuable community space.

The Neerim District Men’s Shed has operated for 10 years with approximately 50 members from communities across the north of Baw Baw Shire. The group arrange community activities like morning coffee, evening fellowship meetings, walking groups, book reading, theatre groups, and community projects.

The new workshop is set to embrace digital technology with a vehicle maintenance bay and working areas for members. The workshop is estimated for completion by April 2022 and will provide a valuable community asset for Neerim District Community House & Men’s Shed and all stakeholders involved.

Quote attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss

“This is a fantastic outcome for the Neerim District Men’s shed. Men’s Sheds like this provide important support for our communities, they improve the health and wellbeing of their members and overall promote inclusion for our community. Council congratulates the Neerim District Community House and Men’s Shed on securing this funding and is proud to support the development of the new workshop.”

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Paul Ford, Project Manager of the Neerim District Men’s Shed discussing the workshop plans with Mayor of Baw Baw Shire, Cr. Danny Goss.

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Mayor of Baw Baw Shire, Danny Goss together with the Neerim District Men’s Shed and Community House committee members.

Pictured L-R : Paul Lewis – Project Committee Member, Cr. Danny Goss – Mayor Baw Baw Shire, Gerry Eversteyn – President Neerim District Men’s Shed, Bill Statham – Vice President Neerim District Community House and Men’s Shed.

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