One year on from moving into its permanent custom-built location, Buderim Men’s Shed is thriving.
Starting in 2011 with 20 men, the shed now has more than 300 members who regularly gather to participate in meaningful activities or simply have a cuppa and a chat.
President Barry Cheales says he is “tickled pink” with how the shed has thrived in such a short period of time, moving from its temporary location on Mill Road to its new Kuluin site.
“We are absolutely delighted to have made that achievement in such a short time,” Mr Cheales says. “Now I look back and just over a year [before] we had a brand-new facility, the grounds were bare dirt, the buildings were empty, and now it is a thriving shed.”
The $2 million, three-building complex was built on a one-hectare quarry at Advance Road and became a reality thanks to extensive internal and community fundraising, as well as a federal grant secured in 2017.
Buderim Men’s Shed was also named Shed of the Year in 2019 through the Australia Men’s Shed Association.
“We put the application in on the basis of community engagement and diversity within our group,” Mr Cheales says, adding the award is confirmation “we are doing the right things, so we are very happy about that”.
Mr Cheales says the value the shed has on the lives of its members is priceless.
“Men’s sheds are all about men’s health and it’s fairly intrinsic how you look at that. The blokes do come down and they meet other blokes and all of a sudden they have a new meaning of life.”
Members participate in wood, metal, glass and leather work, gardening and music groups, social events and a regular gym circuit.
Handmade goods are sold from the shed’s shop in the Buderim Mall on Burnett Street.
Interested in being part of the community? Contact: 5445 2202