LNP to back new home for Yarraman men
THE blokes of the Yarraman Men's Shed are a step closer to finding a home after LNP incumbent member for Nanango Deb Frecklington promised to hand them an unused forestry workshop if her party wins government at the Queensland election.
Earlier this year the Men's Shed requested use of the old Department of Agriculture and Forestry workshop on Mill Rd.
However, the State Government rejected their offer and floated the idea of gifting the land to the Queensland Fire and Rescue for a new fire station in a move that would see the building demolished.
Mrs Frecklington said she would ensure the old DAF Forestry Shed was not demolished.
"Earlier this year I wrote to the Palaszczuk Labor government calling on them not to demolish this perfectly good piece of infrastructure, and to instead make it available for the members of the Yarraman Men's Shed,” Mrs Frecklington said.
"It seems crazy that the government would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to tear down a perfectly good building, when they could buy much more suitable land elsewhere in Yarraman.
"I'll be fighting to ensure the old DAF forestry shed in Yarraman is retained and members of this busy and dedicated group can get in there and get started.
"I have been working with the Yarraman Men's Shed for several months now on this issue, and I am keen to show my support and the support of a future LNP Government for their plans.
"The shed has laid dormant for so long. It just makes sense to make it available for a community group.”
Kerry Wyvill is the Men's Shed president and he welcomed the commitment.
"We definitely need somewhere to meet and the forestry workshop is the ideal place that's for sure,” Mr Wyvill said.
After calling on the Labor Government to change their plans earlier this year, Mr Wyvill received a letter saying it would find another location for the Fire Station but there was no detail on the fate of the workshop.
"From what I understand they have found another piece of dirt for the fire fighter,” Mr Wyvill said.
The Men's Shed hangs in limbo while the matter is resolved and this is sapping the club of enthusiasm.
"At the present moment we have nothing to do and we need to keep the members interested,” Mr Wyvill said.
"We can do with a bit of good luck for a change and need a building so we can get moving.
"We have approximately 40 men. We're looking for a roost so we can start on our endeavours.”