Group plans to build new men’s centre

Apollo Bay residents plan to set up a men’s shed on a vacant site next to the town’s youth club. Pictured from left are Apollo Bay Men’s Shed’s secretary Jack Donovan, president Damien Byrne and member Ted Stuckey.

A new men’s shed is on the cards for Apollo Bay, with a newly formed organisation gathering members and funding to establish the centre.

Apollo Bay Men’s Shed’s Jack Donovan said the group had about 35 members and received $25,000 in donations since forming two months ago, all towards a target of establishing the activity centre for men of all ages.

“A group of us are working to get a government grant to build a men’s shed,” Mr Donovan said.

He said he was submitting a grant application this week to the Department of Health and Human Services to seek funding to help build the shed.

A meeting in April led to the group’s formation and registration as an incorporated body.

The group has already raised $25,000 through donations from Apollo Bay Lions Village, Apollo Bay Newssheet and the Apollo Bay Historical Society, and the Apollo Bay Youth Club has offered vacant land at its premises for the shed.

“It’s been a fantastic community response,” Mr Donovan said.

“There’s certainly a need in the area,” he said.

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