February 12, 2021
The members of the Murgon’s Men’s Shed have been very busy since they first got together at their shed in Macalister Street in 2014.
They have restored wagons, tractors, a mail coach and even a LandRover over recent years but until recently all their hard work was hidden away, stored where no one could admire it.
That has all changed now with the official opening of the group’s new Restoration Shed.
President David Mollenhauer said the project had been made possible by a $3000 donation from the Murgon Services Club and $500 from the Commonwealth Bank.
The rest of the $7500 total cost came from the Men’s Shed members themselves – and they also supplied the labour to put the shed together.
One side of the shed is open, behind a grill, so the restored items can be seen from the street.
“When we are open, people are also welcome to come on in and have a look,” David said.
David said the group’s next plans involved moving the 101-year-old passenger carriage and goods carriage which are currently being restored to a more secure location on the other side of the property.
They were also aiming to get a steam engine from Rosewood to add to the collection …
There are about 60 members in the group.
The Men’s Shed is open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00am to noon; and on Wednesdays from 7:00am to 3:00pm.
The group’s new Restoration Shed was officially opened on Thursday with guests from Murgon Services Club and the South Burnett Regional Council in attendance.
“The Men’s Shed has become such an important part of this community,” South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto said.
“This tremendous facility is an example of what can be done.
“There’s no government funding in this. It just goes to show what can be done when the community works together.”
Footnote: Mayor Otto also shared some good news for Murgon … Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC will be officially opening the Murgon Show on March 20.