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Buloke Men’s Sheds Crafting Innovation and Well-being

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Buloke Men’s Sheds Crafting Innovation and Well-being

Publish date: 7 February 2024

Our local Men’s Sheds pour heart and soul into their work, and it’s with great enthusiasm that they unveil an initiative that shines a light on the community spirit and the essential role Men’s Sheds play in enriching lives.

Bouncing back from the October 2022 floods, these amazing Men's Shed teams have been hard at work crafting some serious avian real estate as part of the "Men’s Shed Biodiversity Trail" project.

This initiative, integral to Buloke's community recovery efforts, was designed to enhance the beauty of our surroundings and boost community spirits. However, the true essence of the initiative spotlighted the indispensable role of Men’s Sheds as pivotal social centers that promote mental health and well-being.

To highlight their significance, workshops focussing on skill-sharing and collaborative learning were organised by the Buloke Shire Council, not only to bring Men’s Sheds members together to learn new skills, but also to help generate more interest in their sheds by transforming these skills into creative expressions that benefit the wider community.

With the guidance of Landcare experts in recent months, they’ve carefully selected potential sites for these innovative biodiversity boxes. These boxes are set to become a series of unique art installations, creating a trail that not only offers a sanctuary for birds and insects but also weaves a vivid mosaic of life and colour throughout the area. We are now inviting the broader community to share their feedback on the placement of these quirky and charming installations. Keep an eye out for posters prominently displayed in the Men’s Shed communities of Birchip, Charlton, Donald, Sea Lake, Wycheproof, and also Culgoa. We welcome your input on the ideal locations for these distinctive installations.

The posters have a Q-R Code link to a quick online survey, or you can alternatively register via Council’s website or call the Community Recovery Team on 1300 520 520, for a hard copy. The survey closed on 29 February 2024, however due to a low number of responses the consultation period was extended to 15 March 2024.

Click here to access the survey: 

We thank the Australian and Victorian Governments, and the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing for making this project possible through Community Recovery Programs.

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