BUILDING COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Paul Julian from the Proston Men's Shed at the Proston Regatta in the Park.
BUILDING COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Paul Julian from the Proston Men's Shed at the Proston Regatta in the Park. Claudia Williams

Men's shed a win for Proston

GREY nomads will have a new reason to stop in Proston with the men's shed set to build their new home after being approved to lease new land last week.

The shed has been sitting in boxes waiting to be built for a year and with land acquired the group are working towards getting a builder for the job.

The Proston and Coverty community has rallied behind the group with funds from the second annual Proston Regatta in the Park run by the Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club going to men's shed.

President of the men's shed Paul Julian said the new land was not only a win for members of the group but for the town.

"We are really pleased the community has come out to support us, it is marvellous,” he said

Since the group formed four years ago they have played an active role in the community and want to pass on their skills as former tradesman to the young folk in the community.

"A lot of the trades these days are dying and if we can pass our knowledge onto younger people later down the track they can pass it on to somebody else and keep it alive,” Mr Julian said.

By the numbers Proston men's shed is one of the most successful according to Mr Julian with half of the group's 28 members meeting every Tuesday and Saturday while other sheds regularly attract five to 10 per cent of members.

Organiser of the Proston Regatta Garin Muirhead from the CCCDSC said building community pride was the reason behind the regatta and Proston Easter Parade.

"We are using the good cause to get the promotion of the town going and to re-build some community spirit. That is starting to happen everyone is having a good time,” he said.

"Last year, when the event started, people said they hadn't seen a crowd like that since World War II.”

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