Old workshop becomes new home for men's shed
A FORMER forestry workshop has been given a new lease of life as Queensland's newest men's shed.
The Yarraman Men's Shed finally secured a permanent home for the community group which was officially commissioned this week.
The old DAF Forestry Shed on Mill St was officially transferred to the Yarraman and District Historical Association to be used as a men's shed by Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries minister Mark Furner and Nanango member Deb Frecklington.
Yarraman and District Men's Shed President Kerry Wyvill said the facility would be a welcoming, safe and friendly environment for men that promoted their overall health and well-being.
"Our aim is to have every man living or visiting within a 25-km radius of Yarraman feel comfortable to drop in to our shed for any reason,” he said.
"Visitors to the Men's Shed can pursue hobbies, undertake private or community projects, talk with mates, make new friends, share and pass on skills or just get out of the house.”
Ms Frecklington said it had been a rollercoaster, with the shed originally earmarked for demolition by the Labor Government.
"It just makes good, common sense for the Men's Shed to finally have a place to call home in the Mill St property,” she said.
"This Shed will be available for men of all ages and aims to provide a place for social connection, sharing of knowledge and access to support when required.”
Mr Furner said this move would allow the group to continue to offer local men practical support and health programs, including a diverse range of activities like wood, metal and leather working, photography, leatherwork, IT classes and a place for a game of cards.
"The Yarraman Workshop site, about 45 kilometres south of Kingaroy, is set to become a valuable community asset for the area's men,” he said.
With 218 registered Men's Sheds across Queensland, they are a highly valued group which helps men address mental health issues and provide much needed help and support to those in need.
"Developed and led by the local community, they provide a safe place for men to come together, talk to each other and get the support they need,” Mr Furner said.
Mr Furner said re-purposing the Yarraman Workshop into the Men's Shed was a tribute to the vision and tenacity of the local community.
"Yarraman Workshop was one of a number of buildings in the area that became obsolete following the sale of the Queensland Government's former forestry plantation business to HQPlantations in 2010,” he said.
"I'm very pleased to support this worthwhile outcome and the local community can be proud of the Yarraman and District Historical Association.”
The Yarraman and District Historical Society commenced negotiations in 2018 with the Queensland Government to acquire the site for community use purposes, with the department transferring the title of the workshop to the society in March, 2019.