Shed vital for mental health

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie, Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher, Waroona shire president Mike Walmsley and Men's Shed president Bruce Meyn open the new men's shed.
Camera IconCanning MHR Andrew Hastie, Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher, Waroona shire president Mike Walmsley and Men's Shed president Bruce Meyn open the new men's shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

There were smiles and sawdust at the official opening of the Waroona Community Men’s Shed on Friday.

More than 50 people showed up for the unveiling of the wood workshop.

Waroona Men’s Shed president Bruce Meyn said the men’s shed was beneficial to men’s mental health.

“A lot of retired people had nothing to do until the men’s shed opened up,” he said.

It’s fantastic for members who have lost their partners and are going through a hard time. We had one man who said he now had something to get out of bed for.

Bruce Meyn

“We do a lot of work for the community, anybody that asks us really, if we can assist, we will.”

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said $200,000 was contributed as part of the Building Better Regions Fund. “The men’s shed provides a sense of community and friendship for senior men, a lot of them have residual skills, so this is a good way for them to be able to use those skills again,” he said. Mr Hastie said he ordered a couple of chairs after testing them in the workshop.

Men's Shed members John Birshll, Charlie Audino and Robert Hawkins gather for the official opening.
Camera IconMen's Shed members John Birshll, Charlie Audino and Robert Hawkins gather for the official opening.
Men's Shed president Bruce Meyn and vice president George Blakey show their wooden masterpieces at the Shed's official opening.
Camera IconMen's Shed president Bruce Meyn and vice president George Blakey show their wooden masterpieces at the Shed's official opening. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Builder James Anderson from Anderson Sheds, Mike Leroy and John Anderson also from Anderson Sheds attend the official opening.
Camera IconBuilder James Anderson from Anderson Sheds, Mike Leroy and John Anderson also from Anderson Sheds attend the official opening. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
The Waroona Community Men's Shed members at the opening of their new shed.
Camera IconThe Waroona Community Men's Shed members at the opening of their new shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Shire of Murray CEO Dean Unsworth, Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and South West MLC Colin Holt admire the woodwork creations in the Men's Shed.
Camera IconShire of Murray CEO Dean Unsworth, Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and South West MLC Colin Holt admire the woodwork creations in the Men's Shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie tests some of the woodwork products made by the Waroona Men's Shed.
Camera IconCanning MHR Andrew Hastie tests some of the woodwork products made by the Waroona Men's Shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Men's Shed members Bob Jardine and Robert Hawkins at the official opening.
Camera IconMen's Shed members Bob Jardine and Robert Hawkins at the official opening. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Tiler Russell Johns attends the official opening after working on the project.
Camera IconTiler Russell Johns attends the official opening after working on the project. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie, Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher, Waroona shire president Mike Walmsley and Men's Shed president Bruce Meyn open the new men's shed.
Camera IconCanning MHR Andrew Hastie, Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher, Waroona shire president Mike Walmsley and Men's Shed president Bruce Meyn open the new men's shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter
Men's Shed member Gary Witney, Alcoa operations manager Michael Hersov and Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher check out the woodwork creations at the Men's Shed.
Camera IconMen's Shed member Gary Witney, Alcoa operations manager Michael Hersov and Alcoa community relations manager Tom Busher check out the woodwork creations at the Men's Shed. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

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