The health of Woolgoolga Shed members is set to improve thanks to a donation of $1800 from the ETC Community Support Fund which will enable them to purchase a dust extractor for their workshop.“A major problem with our timber workshop is that we create a lot of dust and it affects our health,” Woolgoolga Shed member Michael Hope said.
“We are going to use the funding from ETC to purchase a dust extractor that we will connect to a series of our machines and this will significantly reduce the amount of dust in the shed.”
Mr Hope said the Woolgoolga Shed was a valuable asset to the community that not only provided an important meeting place for retired men and women but also helped the community by providing affordable timber furniture and bicycles.
“Often men don’t have things to do when they’re retired,” Mr Hope said.
“Having this shed gives them somewhere to come, learn new skills and have a joke with their mates.
“We make and repair timber furniture and recently made a showcase cupboard for the CWA and different items such as rocking horses for childcare places.
“We also sell cheap bikes and offer a bike repair service.”
ETC Director Lorraine Mouafi said ETC was pleased to be able to support the Woolgoolga Shed through the ETC Community Support Fund.
“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating through the ETC Community Support Fund will help make a more positive future for our community,” Ms Mouafi said.
“Since 1989, ETC has placed over 53,000 Australians into jobs, trained more than 25,000 people and helped over 36,000 small businesses to start-up and grow.”