Denis sheds boredom
ROSEWOOD retirees now have a new place to call home following the opening of Australia's newest Men's Shed.
The shed, located at the rear of the Rosewood Community Centre, is still in its infancy but convenor Denis Hawkins is confident it will soon be overrun by local men.
The former West Australian moved to Rosewood before contracting a serious lung ailment that had him housebound for six months. It was during that time he understood the importance of social contact.
"I thought I would go stark raving mad," Mr Hawkins said.
"I used to work in civil construction, working seven days a week and to stop all of the sudden was a bit to hard to handle."
Mr Hawkins then began doing volunteer Justice of the Peace work for the community centre, during which he discovered the need for a men's facility.
While the shed is yet to be fully fitted out and fundraising is under way to connect power, Mr Hawkins said it is already open for business.
"If they want to start tomorrow they can come down and I'll get power to the shed," he said.
"We'll start off as a woodworking shed and just a meeting place.
"If anyone wants to take it to a higher level from there we may have to look at other venues."
Rosewood resident Phil Parsons was one of the first of the 15-20 men that have already expressed interest in using the shed.
The 67-year-old said he was looking forward to getting involved with other locals.
"This is just what this area needs," Mr Parsons said. "It will be a place where someone can come down to meet people."
Mr Hawkins said donations of materials, equipment or money would be cheerfully accepted and he thanked those who have already helped get the project off the ground.
Rosewood Men's Shed is at 19 School St, Rosewood.
Contact Rosewood Community Centre on 5464 1544 or firstname.lastname@example.org