Glen innes Men's Shed keeping warm with $2,500 grant allocation

Mens Shed member Bill Challen with the restored truck Ruby. Member participation might improve over the winter months with a better heating system on the way.

Mens Shed member Bill Challen with the restored truck Ruby. Member participation might improve over the winter months with a better heating system on the way.

The Glen Innes Mens Shed will soon be able to handle the cool winter weather.

The Men's Shed has been successful in gaining a grant of $2500 to install a hot water system and a brand new reverse cycle air-conditioning unit in the tea-room, which will provide heating in winter and cooling in summer.

"There's never a shortage of friendship or conversation at Glen Innes Men's Shed, but even a good laugh and a bit of hard work is sometimes not enough to keep out the cold of a Glen Innes winter," Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said on announcing the grant allocation on Monday.

"Excitingly, the air-conditioning unit will actually lead to a reduction in the Men's Shed's operating costs, as the organisation will utilise electricity generated from 40 solar panels on the building's roof to power the system.

"The shed's committee has made every dollar of this grant count, also putting in a mounted hot water system which provides instant hot water for tea and coffees as soon as the smoko whistle is blown."

While COVID-19 has restricted the number of people able to visit Glen Innes Men's Shed, it has still remained an important support network for its more than 90 members, Mr Marshall said.

The members of the Men's Shed will no longer have to huddle around a gas heater to keep themselves warm.

A warm welcome and a hot cup of coffee will greet those who visit Glen Innes Men's Shed, once the installation of the new systems at the popular local hang-out is completed.

Glen Innes Men's Shed President Jim Wilson said improved heating would make the building more welcoming for older members.

"The cold weather is not a friend to many of our older colleagues, some of whom don't come in as often as they would during the winter months," Mr Wilson said.

"These additions will make the building much more user friendly, as we will be able to set the timer to start heating the room before we even turn up and all fire-up the tools."