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Plans for a men’s shed in Cromwell are gaining traction.

The initiative, which brings men together in one community space to share their skills and work on practical tasks, has gained the support needed to get it off the ground.

A community meeting was held in Cromwell last week, which was attended by individuals and group representatives who were keen to see the dream become a reality.

More than 30 people, including those who could not attend the meeting, have shown their support for the project, which is being facilitated by the Lions Club of Cromwell.

Lions member Russell Fowler said the response was pleasing.

“It’s one of those things that will get built and they shall come.” – Lions Club of Cromwell member Russell Fowler

“The meeting was really great.”

He said there was now enough interest within the community to plan the next stage of the project.

“This is where the rubber hits the road,” he said.

Mr Fowler expects more people will show an interest as time goes on.

“It’s one of those things that will get built and they shall come.”

A possible site has been identified within the Neplusultra Reserve, where a relocatable building could be placed or a new facility could be built, depending on funds.

Mr Fowler said, ideally, a relocatable building was favoured in the first instance.

“If anybody does have a spare shed or something like that, that’s not going to be used for the next couple of years, we would really appreciate the opportunity of considering it in the initial setup.”

Among those who attended last week’s meeting was Neil McArthur, who shared his knowledge of the Alexandra Men’s Shed, along with Ian Miller, who is the Otago-Southland regional co-ordinator for Menzshed New Zealand.

Mr Fowler said one of the most important aspects of the project was to make sure it was based in a supportive environment where men could feel comfortable.

“That was reinforced, time and time again [during the meeting].

“Once that is achieved then the group will identify the areas within the community it can support at any one time.”

A committee will be established soon which will spearhead the planning of the Cromwell project.