Members of Uralla Men’s Shed are pleased they will be getting a new set of concrete access stairs following the announcement of a $32,000 State Government grant, Greg McCleahan, left, Roland Bernett, Marion Ryan, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Deirdre Tresolve, Secretary Bruce Stubberfield and Treasurer Chris Wayling.
Thursday, 4 February 2021.
MEMBERS of the new-look Uralla Men’s Shed will benefit from additional safety improvements soon to be made to their premises, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $32,000 State Government grant to install new entry steps and remove dangerous overhanging trees around the shed.
Mr Marshall attended the opening of the new Uralla Men’s Shed last November and said the dilapidated wooden steps and entrance area were not befitting such a fresh new building.
“After several years of fundraising and planning, last year the hard working members of Uralla Men’s Shed finally got to open their new home,” Mr Marshall said.
“Though they are now equipped with a fantastic new workspace, members rely on a nearly non-existent wooden staircase, made of old railway sleepers, to gain access to the front of the shed form the car-park.
“Using this grant, what’s left of the old stairs will be removed and replaced with a concrete staircase, 1.5 metre wide and hand rails on each side.
“This will ensure older, less mobile members have a safe and stable path to walk down during their visits.
“Also a number of old dead overhanging pine trees, which pose a risk to the shed, will be removed, assisting to protect members and the various Crown Lands’ assets where the Men’s Shed is located.
“I congratulate the committee of Uralla Men’s Shed for the outstanding work they have put in to delivering their new facility and promoting a space which allows men to gather, talk and learn new skills.”
Uralla Men’s Shed Secretary Bruce Stubberfield said the organisation provided important mental and social support which must be available to everyone.
“The Uralla Men’s Shed wishes to thank the State Government for providing the funding to undertake this important improvement work,” Mr Stubberfield said.
“Our organisation currently has some 28 registered members and in order to grow those numbers into the future we need to ensure this facility is as accessible, safe and welcoming as possible.
“We see the community of Uralla will benefit as the Men’s Shed grows, with our members undertaking personal projects, alongside repair and construction of items for community groups.”