Mildura Weekly : Friday July 15 Vol 10 No 36
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016 WHILE winter is well and truly upon us, the cold weather has done little to deter the Men in a Shed crew out in Dareton. In fact, the group is arguably as busy as ever, with a number of very special projects on the go! “A lot has been going on,” spokesperson Neil Plumridge said this week. “Usually the cold weather is enough to keep some people away, but it hasn’t stopped our members coming down and getting on with a few projects.” At the top of the list has been the ongoing installation of a new kitch- en at the group’s Dareton headquar- ters, with construction starting three weeks ago. “To be honest the old kitchen was getting quite grotty,” Neil said. “We’ve now put in a new bench and service area, and we’re hoping to in- stall a stove top in the near future. “We’re investigating a few grants to help pay for some appliances, while also calling on any local busi- nesses to donate any items that may be of use.” Dareton Men in a Shed co-ordi- nator, Peter Waters, said members had constructed the kitchen using “materials on hand.” “A couple of the boys are putting the place together, and by doing so have opened up more space in the work shed,” he said. “It needs a coat of paint, but it’s getting there.” Neil said that the idea to install a new kitchen had originated follow- ing a trip to the Balranald Men in Shed set-up. “We had a look around, and no- ticed that the president there would come in and make a batch of scones for the day,” he said. “When we came home and looked at our kitch- en, we immediately thought that it could do with a face-lift. “While there is still a bit of work to do, our feeling is that a new kitch- en opens a number of possibilities. “Not only can we use it to host a few fund-raiser nights and social gatherings with our partners, but it also allows the boys to get in and do a bit of healthy cooking if they don’t feel like getting on the tools. “We already have a lot of health experts come in and talk to us about various things, and it’s our hope to get nu- tritionists in and per- form demonstrations, and show the guys how to cook healthy meals.” Another project on the go is the res- toration of an old boat, which was pre- viously owned by Wentworth’s historic Paddle Steamer Ruby group. Many years ago, the Paddle Steamer Ruby restoration proj- ect had a valuable vol- unteer in Don Duncan – a master craftsman in woodwork who constructed a number of boats. One of these was donated to the PS Ruby as a maintenance and res- toration project when Don moved from Wentworth, and had remained in the ‘Ruby pond’ for several years before being vandalised and falling into decay. After Don’s passing, the Dare- ton Men in a Shed group agreed to take the boat into their care, with the plan to restore it to its original condition. The project has so far proved “slow going”, with members still try- ing to wrap their head around where to make a start. So far the group has restored the motor, with plans currently under way to restore the boat’s decayed hull. One of the men behind the proj- ect, Lazaway Houseboats owner Col- lin Cooke, said the immediate plan was to strip the boat back to a point where repairs could be made. “Our immediate goal is to re- place all of the ply wood, and re- store it back to its former glory,” he said. “The engine is going, and now it’s a matter of cleaning it up and re- pairing the hull so she floats again.” • Continued next page Productive winter for Dareton’s busy Men in a Shed from Wentworth, and had remained • LOTS TO DO: Shed members Terry Stanbrook and Colin Cooke inspecting the hull of the former Ruby tender that they plan to restore, and LEFT, shed member Lindsay Thorne and co-ordinator Peter Waters enjoy a cuppa from the new kitchen (see facing page). 1/50 Madden Avenue, Mildura Phone (03) 5021 3883 Mildura Solar are now proudly installing Sapphire Solar 100% Australian Owned solar panels. Talk to us today about the huge benefits of installing Sapphire Solar panels. • 100% locally owned • Australian supported products and warranties • Customized design • Finest after sales care • Lower your power bills • $0 Upfront finance available • Paybackin3–6years • Extensive experience. UNBEATABLE SERVICE UNBEATABLE PRICES Mildura solar have completed over 800 installations in excess of 2.9Mw of power.
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