Men's group granted opportunity to grow
NANANGO Men's Shed has been given an opportunity to expand.
During the South Burnett Regional Council meeting on August 21, the group was granted permission to move the old Nanango State Emergency Services building on George St to the Nanango Men's Shed premises on Mt Stanley Rd.
Councillor Roz Frohloff said Nanango Men's Shed members had been running out of room at their current premises.
"This move is not just going to support Nanango Men's Shed, it's going to support other community groups,” Cr Frohloff said.
"This is fantastic if we can hand over the SES building.”
Nanango Men's Shed secretary John Forster said the decision meant they would have additional space for members to have morning tea in the kitchen and chat away from the workshop.
"We're over the moon, we're fundraising the cost to move it,” he said.
Mr Forster said the group had grown since it started in 2014, with memberships expected to reach 50 by the end of the year.
"This is a place where guys can talk or do jobs if they want to,” he said.
The mental health initiative is not just a group "for a bunch of retirees”, but is open to any men over 18.
"I don't come here for me, I come here for us,” Mr Forster said.
"We've had people join purely because the smiles and laughter are free.”
Many members have enjoyed the community and grown attached to the group.
The additional building and space will allow the group to continue to make an impact.
Mr Forster thanked Cr Frohloff for the effort she put into securing the building for the group.
Cr Kathy Duff said the old Nanango SES transportable building would be a place of support for the men's group.
"The Men's Shed do a wonderful job with mental health and growing community groups - they are certainly fantastic assets,” she said.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the group deserved the opportunity to grow.
"The truth is, men are living longer and deserve to live as happily as they can,” he said.