Mildura Weekly : Friday March 6 2015 Vol 9 No 17
NEWS 25 FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By GRANT MAYNARD THE days of blowing fuses for Dare- ton’s Men in a Shed are at an end, thanks to the generosity of the Wen- tworth District Community Bank. The bank recently funded an extensive electrical upgrade of the popular Men in a Shed premises on the Silver City Highway, improving power delivery and safety. “We had been having some trouble with the power when using a number of our larger machines at the same time,” one of the shed’s trio of coordinators, Peter Waters, said. Since the recently completed upgrade, power outages have been a thing of the past, he said. Peter said the shed relied heav- ily on financial support from or- ganisations including the bank, Wentworth Shire Council and the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club. “We are very grateful to all three, and especially to the bank in this instance,” he said. Total cost of the electrical up- grade was nearly $5000. Community bank branch man- ager, Daryl Wescombe, said the bank was happy to support “such a worthwhile community group.” “The group has cemented its place in the Dareton and wider Wentworth Shire community,” he said, “becoming a haven for those who like to work with their hands and enjoy the mateship that has be- come a hallmark of the shed’s op- erations.” The Dareton shed receives no government funding assistance, re- lying instead on the generosity of the community, and local organ- isations and institutions, Peter ex- plained. “To date we have been very for- tunate to have received the amount of assistance we have,” he said. The Dareton ‘shed’ opens its doors to a dozen or so members each Wednesday and Saturday, and a reliable electrical supply is essen- tial for many of the many activities members undertake, particularly the powered wood working ma- chinery that includes lathes, thick- nessers and cutting equipment. “We have certainly noticed the difference since the new wiring and power boards went in,” Peter said. The work also included the installation of several new power points, some of them hanging from the ceiling over designated work ar- eas. “That means no more cables ly- ing on the floor,” Peter said, “great- ly reducing the potential of tripping someone up.” Safety is always a high priority for shed members and having a reli- able power supply was paramount. It is also the reason members strive to keep their equipment in good working order, and to replace any- thing that is worn beyond repair or potentially dangerous. “We endeavour to replace worn equipment whenever we can,” Peter said. Meanwhile, reliable power will also help the men meet some of their community commitments, Peter said. Once a month, for instance, they take ‘Men in a Shed’ to Murray House in Wentworth, to work with the men living there. “We pre-fab some projects here in our workshop, and take them to Murray House for assembly,” Peter explained. He points out a line of wooden ‘treasure boxes’ on one bench as an example, much of the work in- volved in them relying on power tools. • Continued Page 27 Electrical upgrade for Men in a Shed is powerful stuff! • POWER PLAY: Dareton Men in a Shed coordinator Peter Waters, left, with Wentworth Community Bank branch manager Daryl Wescombe inspecting the power upgrade this week. Working away in the background are shed members Neil Plumridge, left, and Noel Morrison. OPEN FROM 10AM - LATE STURT HIGHWAY GOL GOL, NSW 2738 PH: 5024 8492 email@example.com The Cider Tree 46 Deakin Avenue, Mildura Call (03) 5023 5005 New & Enhanced PJ’s OPENING SOON PJ’s PHONE 5023 1203 • 208 Deakin Ave, Mildura 489 Benetook Ave, Mildura P 5021 2103 F 5021 2733 E firstname.lastname@example.org MORE COOPER LESS COIN BUY NOW AND SAVE UP TO $200 ON A SET OF COOPER 4X4 TYRES* *CONDITIONS APPLY.
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