Allan Woods at the new Men’s Shed at Townsend.
Allan Woods at the new Men’s Shed at Townsend.

Size matters as men move to shed

AN INDUSTRIOUS lot, the Clarence River U3A Men's Shed group generally keep themselves busy, but this time they have really excelled by building a huge new shed in Townsend.

Complete but for the finishing touches and the creation of some office space, the new workshop has floor space of more than 410sq m.

It dwarfs the size of the old dairy barn at Palmers Island that housed the group since it started five years ago.

"The kitchen space alone is bigger than the entire old workshop," coordinator Allan Woods said. The new shed accommodates specialist metal and woodworking sections and also houses the Keble work space.

In the future it is also expected that other groups within the U3A organisation will take advantage of the new facility, Mr Woods said.

The Men's Shed has about 50 members and has been receiving renewed interest.

The workshop was built with the support of Clarence Valley Council, which donated both the land and $40,000 in funding.

A further $68,000 came from the State Government's Community Building Partnerships program and the Men's Shed members also put in $10,000 in cash.

Big River Sheds the local Home Hardware and the Big Shed recycled building supplies all played their part as well, Mr Woods said.

While an official opening of the new shed is expected within the next two months, Mr Woods said the U3A annual expo will be held at the site on June 2.