Dunsborough Men’s Shed officially opens

Dunsborough Men's Shed supervisor Mike Eddy, Forrest MP Nola Marino, City of Busselton deputy mayor John McCallum, councillor Rob Bennett and shed president Richard Bailey.
Dunsborough Men's Shed supervisor Mike Eddy, Forrest MP Nola Marino, City of Busselton deputy mayor John McCallum, councillor Rob Bennett and shed president Richard Bailey.

The Dunsborough Men’s Shed was officially opened on Friday with around 150 people in attendance to celebrate their new home.

President of the Men’s Shed Richard Bailey said he was “proud as punch” to see the community facility opened after an uphill battle.

“Everyone has been supportive, all levels of government, but mainly the members, they fitted the whole thing out,” he said.

“It is wonderful and it will only grow from here.”

Forrest MP Nola Marino said it was fabulous to have the Men’s Shed open because they were so important in the community and the committee had worked hard for the facility.

“They did all the work and they deserve all the benefits,” she said.

“I am really happy because to get men out and to get men together is the best thing and they contribute back to the community as a result of being part of this.”

City of Busselton deputy mayor John McCallum said the committee which organised the funding for the Men’s Shed were relentless in their pursuit to establish the facility.

“It is a really good example of three governments working together in funding and putting this area aside, with the City of Busselton making this land to be available,” he said.

“It is a real community hub with the Lion’s Club here and community gardens.”

Councillor Rob Bennett said it was a win-win situation because it was originally intended to put the Men’s Shed on the backdoor of resident’s homes.

Mr Bennett said the location was the ideal spot which was complemented by having the Lion’s Club next door.

“They fought hard for it, given there was a lot involved in the Men’s Shed in Busselton a lot of people thought it would take a long time,” he said.

“They have done this in a remarkably quick time, they are to be congratulated and it is good to see that Dunsborough has a facility like this, it is great.”