Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt had the pleasure last week of donating a belt sander and jigsaw to Babinda Menshed, making the presentation to President Merv Thompson.

“The Menshed was established in Babinda in 2012 and currently has 12 members who produce for sale – at very reasonable prices – wooden bench seats, foldable tables, children’s chairs, chopping boards and foldable stools, as well as fabricating Indian myna bird traps,” Mr Pitt said.

“I was a strong advocate for Mensheds when I was Minister for Mental Health in the former government.

[singlepic id=579 w=320 h=240 float=left] “The sheds are a growing phenomenon in Australia and support men’s health and well-being by offering a place for men to share their stories, support each other and enhance their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

“Shed activities help men to feel good about themselves, be productive and contribute to their local communities. Alternatively, men can just drop in to their local shed for a chat and a cup of tea.”

Last Saturday Mr Pitt Curtis Pitt attended the open day and launch of the Innisfail Menshed, donating a $500 gift voucher from Innisfail Hardware.

[singlepic id=580 w=320 h=240 float=left] “There was a terrific rollup at the open day for Innisfail Menshed – more than 50 people keen to get involved in the project to revamp the East Innisfail Scout Hall on the Corso,” he said.

“I’m proud to be a supporter of Mensheds because they reduce social isolation by bringing males together in the spirit of mateship in their own space to work on meaningful activities and projects.

“Shed activities helped men to feel good about themselves, be productive and contribute to their local communities like this project at East Innisfail.

“It will be a place for men from all walks of life to meet, chat, build and fix things – and for some is a good transition from work to retirement.”

It’s anticipated that Innisfail Menshed will be fully up and running next month when it is officially registered as an organisation. In the meantime they can be contacted by email or by phoning Peter Coxen on 4065 5070.

The Babinda Menshed is in Bill Wakeham Park and is open every Wednesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm – all men are welcome to drop in for a visit.