The Noosa Men’s Shed has been in operation since September 2014. There are now around 130 members. During that time the old Unity Water buildings have been transformed and added-to by members making a large woodwork shop which was officially opened on 6th August 2015. The ceremony included giving of Certificates of Appreciation to the many local businesses that have been so supportive with donations of time, materials and equipment. Most of those members interested in using the woodwork shop have been through at least stage one of an accreditation process which is intended to instruct in the proper use of equipment and safe working in the shop. Anyone interested in attaining accreditation can write their contact details on the whiteboard in the woodwork shed and one of the leaders will contact them to arrange a suitable time. Accreditation takes about an hour to obtain level 1 on all of the machines.
A strong team of gardeners and grounds establishment members has developed very attractive gardens and surrounds which include extensive paving, lawns and retaining walls.
The latest major projects include the fitting-out of the metalworking shed, and the erection of a studio (from a donated carport) intended for art, music, leatherwork and other similar activities.
The most exciting happening has been the arrival of the Army shed by truck - in 5 huge crates. When erected this shed will measure approx 27 metres by 12 metres (with a verandah). Besides our local fund raising efforts we have received grants from Local, State and Federal Government organisations. This week another stack of timber was gratefully received by donation from Nigel and the boys at Discount Timbers.