Burrum District Community Men's Shed members Peter Grinrood, Paul Bloomfield, Eric Davey, Lenzie Duffy, Russell Wilkes-Johnson and Terry Williams working together to erect their shed in Steley St, Howard. The shed is a former Vietnam War mess hall which has been in storage since September 22, 1966.
Burrum District Community Men's Shed members Peter Grinrood, Paul Bloomfield, Eric Davey, Lenzie Duffy, Russell Wilkes-Johnson and Terry Williams working together to erect their shed in Steley St, Howard. The shed is a former Vietnam War mess hall which has been in storage since September 22, 1966. Boni Holmes

Shed erected in Howard after almost 50 years in storage

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has granted a lease to the Burrum District Community Men's Shed in Steley St at Howard to erect a Men's Shed.

The Burrum District Community Men's Shed was started in August 2011 with initial meetings to see if there was any interest in establishing a Men's Shed in Howard.

The group incorporated in May 2012 and has grown with a membership now of 34 members from all walks of life. In October 2014 the group was gifted a Shed by the Dept. of Defence through representation by Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler, and were fortunate to receive a grant from the Government Community Gambling Fund to pay for the erection of the shed.

The shed was destined for Vietnam in 1967 but was never dispatched and in later years was considered surplus to requirements.

Since 2012 , the Men's Shed members have been working in a small shed loaned to them by the Burrum District Respite Assoc. and despite the cramped conditions have managed to complete a number of projects including one that required the construction of children's furniture.

Sausage sizzles at Bunnings in Hervey Bay have been the main source of income and they have a generous supporter in A' La Carte Meats in Brisbane.

The Burrum District Community Men's Shed is open on Tuesdays from 9am in the shed behind the Respite Centre in Steley St, Howard.

If you are a retired male with time on your hands; call in for cuppa and a chat to see what we are about. Contact can be made through the Secretary on 0409 265 377 0r email secretary@burrummensshed.org.au, feel free to visit our website burrummensshed.org.au.

Fast facts

  • Men's Shed has a membership of 34.
  • Erection of new shed will be a team effort with members.
  • The current shed is open on Tuesdays from 9am behind the Respite Centre in Steley St, Howard.

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