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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
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A Menz Shed is on the drawing board for Cromwell.

If the proposal is successful, the shed would be one of more than 100 located throughout New Zealand. There are already eight in the Otago region.

The Menz Shed initiative brings men together in one community space to share their skills and work on practical tasks individually or as a group, for personal or community projects.

The Lions Club of Cromwell, which is facilitating the proposal, has discussed its options with the Central Otago District Council.

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.

Lions member Neville Hucklebridge said although progress was being made, “sufficient interest” within the community was needed before it could progress further.

“We are acting as facilitators to gauge if there’s the support,” he said.

So far, the group has received interest from about 20 people.

“When we first mooted the idea, we were unsure what responses we were going to get.”

Health group representatives were among those who supported the idea, Lions member Russell Fowler said.

“The health groups that we’ve been in touch with have only had positive feedback from the Menz Sheds that they’ve been involved with.”

Mr Hucklebridge and Mr Fowler praised Alexandra for its successful Menz Shed and hoped Cromwell would soon follow suit.

A public meeting will be held at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church in Elspeth St on September 27 at 7.30pm to discuss options further.