Tully Men’s Shed is on the move and needs your help

Angelo DiBella, Bob Wellington, Bruce Stanley, Bob Long, and Martin Braddick (left to right) behind two pieces of restored furniture

Tully’s congested Men’s Shed is on the move, having secured a 20-year lease with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council over Tully’s old Scouts’ building. Unable to work with ease, constrained in ensuring full work, health, and safety compliance by the overcrowding, and with a significant quantity of materials and equipment having to be stored privately off-site, the members of Tully’s Men’s Shed are delighted to have secured a much larger space. But it comes at a cost. 

The current Men’s Shed was purpose-built nine years’ ago following receipt of a Federal Government Grant after Cyclone Yassi. The move to the former Scouts’ Hall will take place over three to four months and the members have already cleaned their new premises and upgraded the electrical wiring. However, they have a long-list of matters which will require their attention to make the building fit-for-purpose, including, but not limited to, the upgrading to 3-phase power, new flooring (the old needs replacing), gutters, timber storage, shelves, and mezzanine floors. They also hope to fit out the existing shed as a metal workshop. They are seeking support from the community, particularly its tradespeople and businesses, to assist. No donation of time, goods (old or new), or money is too small. Please telephone the President, Bob Long, on 0456 814 330 if you can assist.

Tully’s Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects, allowing them to make friends, learn new skills, feel safe, and maintain good health. Any donation will be tax deductible. 

Currently with twenty-five members, the Tully Men’s Shed is actively seeking new members. All men are welcome and those with trade skills that they would be willing to share would be most particularly appreciated. All new members receive a full induction and are trained in machine safety. 

All tools and equipment, covering a range of trades, are supplied and there are both wood and metal workshops. The impressive equipment includes wood and metal lathes, planers, thicknessers, compound saws, welders, drill presses, and sanders, to name a few.

Tully’s Men Shed is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), which services more than 1200 Men’s Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations. The AMSA is funded by the Federal Department of Health and provides practical support to Men’s Sheds and delivers a wide range of services, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of members, and to reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation. A major achievement for the Association was the formal recognition by the Federal Government of the role that Men’s Sheds play in addressing social isolation, health, and well-being. 

Please feel free to come along during opening times, which are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8.30am to 12noon and have a look for yourself. The Tully Men’s Shed is currently located at 15 Plumb Street, Tully, behind the Tully Branch of the QCWA. Please do not hesitate to contact the President, Bob Long, on 0456 814 330, should you require any further information.

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