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Making ground . . . Lions Club of Cromwell members Neville Hucklebridge (left) and Russell Fowler (right) at the site in the Neplusultra reserve where a proposed Menz Shed could be located. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

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A Menz Shed proposed for Cromwell is gaining interest from far and wide.

The project, which was announced in September last year, has a database of 40 people keen to help and be informed of its progress.

Among them is a Christchurch resident, who plans to retire to Wanaka soon, co-organiser Russell Fowler said.

He said the man has requested he be kept informed of the project and has also offered to lend some of his tools and equipment to the group once it was fully established.

That enthusiasm was pleasing for those behind the project, which is designed to bring men together in one community space to share their skills and work on practical tasks.

The group, being facilitated by the Lions Club of Cromwell, is in the process of registering itself as a charitable trust, and will soon look at what it needs to do, under the guidance of the Central Otago District Council, to secure land around the Neplusultra Reserve.

That process involves going back to council with budgets and prototypes.

“We’re going through the process of submitting to the council to secure the land and talk to the neighbours – the whole process of making sure everyone is aware of what we are doing,” he said.

“We need to get our ducks in a row so we don’t over-promise and under-deliver.”

A relocatable building was favoured in the first instance, from where the group’s members would work.

However, the group was still in the market for a “spare shed”, but due to Cromwell’s growth Mr Fowler did not like the group’s chances.

“It would be a great surprise if we did,” he said.

“If there’s no suitable shed available, we will build.”

Mr Fowler said if a new build was the only option, it could be another 18 to 24 months away before the group was fully established.

The group has already been approached by community organisations wanting assistance with projects, which Mr Fowler welcomed.

“It gives us an idea of what sort of projects are out there and [we can] semi-prepare for them.”