On Friday Greg Hunt MP visited the Western Port Men’s Shed to inspect the group’s newest piece of equipment – a shipping container.
When he visited the shed several months ago, Mr Hunt was made aware the group was in desperate need of a storage facility.
With wood offcuts taking up valuable working space, Mr Hunt saw the need for additional storage and approached transportation company Toll to see if it could assist in providing a disused shipping container.
Toll came to the party and the container was transported to Hastings where it now takes pride of place next to the shed.
Mr Hunt said it was terrific to be able to help out such a worthy organisation.
“The Western Port Men’s Shed is a fantastic community resource and I am delighted to have been able to source this shipping container come storage facility for the group,” he said.
“I hope it will serve its purpose and allow the men to continue their good work.”
Western Port Men’s Shed member Gary Walters said the new storage facility would provide enormous benefit to the shed.
“It has significantly increased our available storage space, making it much safer for the members,” Mr Walters said.
“It has also helped to increase our working space by reducing clutter.
“The shipping container is a great resource for the shed and will be passed on to another shed group once we have finished with it, continuing its community benefit.”
Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillor David Garnock said the added storage facility would provide a more user-friendly workspace for the group.
“The Shire was pleased to assist the Men’s Shed with obtaining the necessary planning permit for this temporary solution to their storage needs and looks forward to working with the group to find a long-term solution,” Cr Garnock said.
The Western Port Men’s Shed is under new management and is looking for new members.
The shed is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-3pm. There is also a ladies shed group on Wednesdays from 1-3pm. To get involved phone 5979 1969 during shed hours.