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Men's movement grows

Bundaberg Men’s Shed secretary Stan Bennett is looking for support to get a shed off the ground.
Bundaberg Men’s Shed secretary Stan Bennett is looking for support to get a shed off the ground. Mike Knott BUNMEN

BUNDABERG blokes are one step away from getting their very own Men's Shed.

But it will be a race to see who gets it off the ground first, with two separate groups planning to open up sheds of their own.

Bundaberg Central Men's Shed Association president Jim Elmes said he was waiting on council approval for a proposed site in the CBD.

"We're off the ground and running - we just need site confirmation and then we are away," he said.

Mr Elmes was only informed of the second Men's Shed group - Bundaberg Men's Shed - when the News Mail contacted him yesterday.

"We didn't know there was another group in town," he said.

Mr Elmes said he was called by the Office of Fair Trading, informing him the name needed to be changed because Bundaberg Men's Shed had already been taken.

"We're not very happy," he said.

Bundaberg Men's Shed secretary Stan Bennett said their trading name was confirmed on August 2.

Mr Bennett said he had initially been a part of Mr Elmes' group, before they parted ways.

"We don't want to clash - I want to see them all successful," he said.

"We've got 90,000 people here but no Men's Shed.

"We'd like to see three or four in Bundaberg."

Mr Bennett called for public support to help get the project going, as they did not have a site as yet.

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