The members of the Maitland Men’s Shed are all smiles.
After receiving some positive news late last year, courtesy of the 2020 Community Building Partnership Program (CBPP), the organisation finally purchased and installed a new wheelchair-accessible lift at its Jubilee Street premises.
Already, the group boasts an impressive garden; workshop; outdoor barbecue area; two morning tea rooms; woodwork, steelwork and computer/IT sections; boardroom; games room and much more.
“We’re extremely blessed to gain funding, thanks to Maitland state MP Jenny Aitchison,” vice-president Steve O’Brien said at the time.
And, Ms Aitchison attended the official commissioning of the equipment on Friday morning (21 May).
The wheelchair lift was made possible through the NSW Government’s 2020 CBPP that awarded 15 local organisations a share of the $300,000 available to the Maitland community.
The Maitland Men’s Shed was successful in securing $64,261, which provided members with a more inclusive and all ability accessible-friendly space for all ages.
“I am really pleased that I was able to provide funding for such an important and vital group in our community,” Ms Aitchison said.
“This is such a wonderful place for men to get together to work on meaningful projects, share skills and contribute to the wider local community.”
Ms Aitchison also had the pleasure of assisting two of the longest Maitland Men’s Shed members Geoff Pisani and Gary Kirkman into the lift for the official launch.
“The Maitland Men’s Shed, who recently celebrated its 11-year anniversary, has grown from strength to strength over the past decade,” she said.
“It is an amazing organisation that is generously supported by many locals and businesses.
“I thank the Maitland Business Chamber who arranged sponsorship for the cladding on the lift’s exterior, which will be decorated with a mural of shed members.
“I certainly look forward to seeing the finished product.”