Men’s shed underway

North Perth Men's Shed committee members, Murray Dowsett, Lee Scanlan, Bob Crowe and Gordon Hale at the construction site. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410453
North Perth Men's Shed committee members, Murray Dowsett, Lee Scanlan, Bob Crowe and Gordon Hale at the construction site. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410453

Initially planned for Angove Street, the venture ” for men and women of all ages ” will operate next to the recently launched community garden at the Woodville Reserve on Farmer Street in North Perth.

Committee member and regular handyman Bob Crowe has been involved with the project for about three years and is thrilled to see construction finally underway.

‘We want it to be a community shed for locals to rock up to and relax and have fun in,’ he said. ‘It’s a social thing, particularly for older guys, who can feel comfortable meeting other guys and work on group and individual projects.’

Mr Crowe hopes the shed will ignite a positive and united spirit amongst members.

‘I read that for the last few years it was estimated that in Australia about 2000 suicides had been prevented by these men’s sheds,’ he said.

‘I know I get a lot of fun out of making things and I’d like others to enjoy this. Many people have been denied opportunities through life circumstances ” well, here’s a chance for them.’

The committee has about 100 names signed to the project and is looking for new members.

To join, email vk6cg@hotmail.com