Men's Shed without a shed

THESE dedicated blokes are the Men’s Shed without a shed.

The group, from the Blue Gum Hills area that takes in the Wallsend, Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi area, spend their spare time using their handyman skills to patch up the local community.

But the Men’s Shed group still doesn’t have a tin roof over its head.

‘‘We have another 20 blokes who have said they would join when we get a shed,’’ secretary Bill Ray said yesterday.

Men’s sheds are charitable groups of blokes, who provide a support network for one another, and get together to share their stories and skills.

Mr Ray said the Blue Gum Hills group was raising funds to build a new shed but the group would ‘‘prefer to be putting the money into the community’’.

The members have also lodged a grant application, and hope to establish their shed at the Wallsend-New Lambton Pony Club site.

Newcastle councillor Jason Dunn has lodged a notice of motion to be debated tomorrow night, hoping to secure council support for the group.

‘‘They are an incredible asset to the community and the council should be encouraging them and doing what it can to assist,’’ Cr Dunn said.

The motion asks the council to investigate potential sites for the shed and asks the council to support the expansion of the rapidly growing shed at Elermore Vale.

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