TECH IT OUT: A State Government grant has allowed the Men’s Shed to buy some much-needed equipment. State MP Glenn Butcher, Gerry Graham and Ron Steen show off the new projector.
TECH IT OUT: A State Government grant has allowed the Men’s Shed to buy some much-needed equipment. State MP Glenn Butcher, Gerry Graham and Ron Steen show off the new projector. Paul Braven GLASHED

Money put to good use at Gladstone Men's Shed

THE Gladstone Men's Shed has been granted more than $2500 by the Queensland Government.

In no time at all the money was snapped up, with the majority going towards a new Epson projector and the remainder towards a new stainless steel fridge.

Men's Shed vice-president Ron Steen said the projection monitor was most important for training sessions and in making product creation more efficient.

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"We've recently made plywood Easter bunny cartoon cut-outs for companies," he said.

"The projector makes tracing the image onto the board so much easier."

Mr Steen said the grant's success was a long time coming.

"We'd become eligible in 2014 for the grant due to the work put in by the Queensland Men's Shed Association," he said.

"We hadn't heard until April this year, so we'd pretty much given up.

"But when (MP) Glenn Butcher came into office, he announced the good news to us."

The grant was intended as support for charitable organisations that in turn help others in the Queensland community.

Their charitable work is the items produced by members, primarily for the benefit of preschoolers.

In June they created 106 items for 12 community centres.

"We made a special bed for a child the other week, toilet steps for people with autism and boxes to hide light switches and taps in nursing homes," Mr Steen said.

The products have been so successful the department has offered to buy three.

Mr Steen said with so many projects the thing the men lacked most was space.

"We have been offered a new heavy-duty piece of equipment but we can't house it here," he said.

"We have 65 members that occupy the space too and they're all together when we have our most famous morning teas.

"Glenn has come on board with us now and we're working towards a new location out at Moura Cres."



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