STANDING TALL: Boyne Tannum Men's Shed members Bill Taylor, Mike Robbins, Rick Bichsel and Bruce Williams waiting for land for their shed. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
STANDING TALL: Boyne Tannum Men's Shed members Bill Taylor, Mike Robbins, Rick Bichsel and Bruce Williams waiting for land for their shed. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Boyne Tannum Men's Shed one step off finding a home

IT IS not often you come across a Men's Shed with a shed, but no ground to put it on.

This is the case for the Boyne Tannum Men's Shed.

Almost a year and a half ago the organisation came together with the grand idea to form a Men's Shed and held meetings wherever they could.

Just over a year ago a partnership with the Boyne Island Lions Club allowed the organisation to plant its feet firmly on the ground: if members kept up the maintenance of the building, they could use the hall for their weekly meetings rent-free.

After recently acquiring a shed as a donation from the army, the group was one step closer to its goal of establishment.

Last week the group applied for lease of the land behind the Tyalla building off Canoe Point road to erect its shed.

President Rick Bichsel said if the lease was approved, they could finally establish themselves within the community.

"It's been a long time coming and a very long process to get where we are now. If it wasn't for the community's kind donations, the army's donation of the shed, the Boyne Smelter's generous donations and especially Gavin Tansey, who set the idea in motion, we wouldn't be here," he said.

"If we get this land and build the shed it will benefit a lot of people. It is a place for the men of the Boyne Tannum region to get together and build a fellowship and come and socialise

"We will also be doing repairs and building things that will benefit the community - like workshops and handyman jobs.

"We are so close to reaching our goal of establishment; we are keen to get in and give something back to the community."



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