Governor to open Natimuk Men's Shed

VICTORIAN Governor Alex Chernov will officially open Natimuk Men's Shed on Saturday.

Group secretary Graeme Hateley said the ceremony was more than two years in the making.

"A steering committee of eight was formed under the auspices of Arapiles Historical Society at a public meeting in November 2011," he said.

"Then, we went about looking for a temporary premises."

Natimuk Football Club offered its old football dressing rooms, a green shed at the showground.

"We could see its potential and started cleaning it out and clearing the inside," Mr Hateley said.

With support from the Department of Human Services, Horsham Rural City Council, Horsham Sports and Community Club and the Natimuk community, the shed became the group's permanent home.

Refurbishment exceeding $20,000 converted the old dressing rooms into a suitable meeting place and steel and wood workshop.

"There has been strong support from the community, with donations of equipment and materials," Mr Hateley said.

"I've really got to praise the team as well.

"When you consider that we started the project in November 2011, and it's taken us until now to really get it done, they have really stuck to it and been really enthusiastic about it."

All but one of the Natimuk Men's Shed's nine members have been involved since the beginning.

The group has met weekly since its inaugural general meeting on May 1 last year.

Mr Hateley said he hoped many more men would join once the shed was officially open.

The shed will be open to visitors all day on Saturday, as part of the Natimuk Show.

"We are also going to have an open day from 9am until noon on March 27, the week after the official opening," Mr Hateley said.

"We just urge people to come and have a look."

He said people could call either himself on 0429 019 747 or group president Elston Arnold on 5387 1429 for more information or to join.

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