Romsey Men’s Shed Official Opening
The Official opening of the Romsey Men’s Shed occurred today at 11 am in Romsey Park next to the Scouts Hall).
The campaign for the establishment of the Romsey Men’s Shed was supported by the Romsey Lancefield Rotary Club Inc providing a forum at the Romsey Hub in 4th May 2018 and about 70 people attended.
President of Rotary, Anne Collins (2018-2019) said the project was “a very important step to take for the men of Romsey”.
“Men’s Sheds have been proven very successful in improving mental health problems for men and also creating a place for mates to meet up, if only for a cuppa and biscuit, and more importantly, a chat with other men.”
Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon) and Macedon Ranges acting mayor Janet Pearce opened the forum in 2018.
In attendance today were: Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon), Rob Mitchell (Labor MP-member for McEwen), Cr Bill West, Cr Geoffrey Neil and Cr Annette Death, members of the Romsey Men’s Shed, Riddells Creek and Kyneton Men’s Shed, Wendie and Ged McLaughlin and Greg Powell from the Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) as well as Rotarians (PP-Anne Collins, (PP) Peter O’Rourke (Secretary) and (PP) Dr Greg Powell) and members of the Romsey and Lancefield communities.
From the turning of the Turf (July 2020) through to the erection of the new shed and official opening (6th Feb 2021).
From left: Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon), Paul Green (Treasurer-Romsey Men’s Shed), Councillor Bill West, Steve Goodman (President-Romsey Men’s Shed) and Rob Mitchell (Labor MP-member for McEwen).
Cutting of the Ribbon – Official Opening 6th February 2021.
From left: MRS Councillor Bill West, MRSC Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon), Rob Mitchell (Labor MP-member for McEwen), President Steve Goodman (Romsey Men’s Shed) and Eric Foster(Romsey Men’s Shed).
Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon) secured a $60,000 grant from the Victorian State Government and Rob Mitchell (Labor MP-member for McEwen) secured a $20,000 grant from the Federal Government and the Bendigo Community Bank provided sponsorship also.
Special thanks by President Steve Goodman were given to the Riddells Creek Men’s Shed, The Kyneton Men’s Shed, as well as local businesses for their support (including President of Rotary Mark Shepherdley). Cr Bill West was highlighted for his ongoing support and dedication to the fruition of this project.
Mary-Anne Thomas (MLA-Macedon) addresses the audience congratulating all groups, governments and the community for their resilience in achieving the establishment of the Romsey Men’s Shed.