NEW HOME FOR LISMORE MENíS SHED
The search for a new home for Lismore Men's Shed has come to an end with Member for Lismore, Thomas George, Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin and NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance announcing the organisation will be given a shed and land in the Lismore railway precinct.
Mr George and Mr Curtin have been working with the organisation for several months to find a new site, after its temporary home at the Lismore Showground became unsuitable due to the organisations growth.
Mr George said this announcement will give the Menís Shed a permanent home and allow it to continue its great community work.
ďSince the Lismore Menís Shedís original home was ruined during the 2017 flood event, the group has been based at the local Showground, and is often forced to relocate during major events.
ďBy working with Minister Constance and Transport for NSW it has been determined the Menís Shed will be granted a peppercorn lease for the site at Norco Lane, allowing volunteers to work on their projects without disruption,Ē Mr George said.
Nationals Candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin emphasised the benefits of the Menís Shed movement to the health and wellbeing of the community.
ďOne in five people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, which is why groups like the Menís Shed need our support. The NSW Liberal and National Government is looking at new and better ways to prevent mental health issues.
ďStaying healthy is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, connecting with friends and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Becoming a member of a Menís Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can connect in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship,Ē Mr Curtin said.
Transport for NSW is working closely with the group to help with its relocation and to support this worthy cause.
Minister Constance said this is a common sense decision which benefits both the Menís Shed and the NSW Government.
ďThis is a win, win situation for all concerned. Not only does it provide a worthy community group with a much needed home, but also makes use of surplus Transport for NSW land.
ďThe group has a number of urgent projects, including refurbishing donated caravans for homeless War Veterans and I am proud to be part of a Government that backs community led initiatives which support our most vulnerable,Ē Mr Constance said.
The Lismore Menís Shed previously suffered an estimated $100,000 in lost equipment and tools during the regionís devastating 2017 floods.
PHOTO: Representatives of Lismore Menís Shed join Member for Lismore, Thomas George, Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin and NSW Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance at their new shed on Norco Lane.