HAPPY MEN: Russell Grulke, Tyson Golder, Mick Stuhmcke, Bruce Scott, Kevin Chambers, Andrew Harvey and Michael Reddan at the opening of the Roma Men's Shed building.
HAPPY MEN: Russell Grulke, Tyson Golder, Mick Stuhmcke, Bruce Scott, Kevin Chambers, Andrew Harvey and Michael Reddan at the opening of the Roma Men's Shed building. Joshua Macree

Roma Men's Shed opens to plenty of fanfare

THE ROMA Community Men's Shed officially opened up its toolkit and swung open its doors to locals on Tuesday morning, with a humming hive of excited visitors in attendance for the special occasion.

The honour of officially opening the Shed went to former Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott,

who cut the ribbon and declared the start of business at the new all-purpose facility.

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder spoke at length of the special event and the significance of the Men's Shed to the entire region.

"What a fantastic day that we are here in the Men's Shed for it's official opening,” he said.

"Many may not have thought it was going to happen but now it has and what a fantastic facility it is.

"It has been a dream of Roma Men's Shed members to have a shed that will meet their needs in the future for doing woodwork, metalwork, furniture restoration and many other great manual crafts.

"As I go around the community, one thing that is talked about is if there's a project that needs doing, maybe the Men's Shed can do the job, so the shed is very important and I've seen some amazing things come out of it.”

Michael Reddan, the secretary of the Roma

Men's Shed said the day's opening had special meaning for all the members.

"It's the culmination of the men having their own place and having a sense of ownership and belonging so it's a fairly important day,” he said.

"To see it through to the construction for them is the icing on the cake.”

The project was jointly funded through all levels of government, with $147,000 from the Federal Government and $20,000 from the Maranoa Regional Council, with an additional $18,000 for construction of the carpark on the shed's northern side.

The Queensland Government provided $35,000 from the Gambling Community Development Fund.