Although there was a temporary forced halt to proceedings, Bayway Village Men’s Shed has refused to let COVID-19 slow them down.
The Fern Bay not-for-profit has purchased two brand new impact drivers and battery with the help of a $250 discretionary grant from Port Stephens Councillor Giacomo Arnott.
Cr Arnott said the new equipment would make a big difference to the day-to-day activities of the shed.
“The craftsmanship that comes out of Bayway Village Men’s Shed is absolutely superb,” he said.
“I’m really excited to see what fantastic work these men are going to be able to undertake with this equipment.”
The group is also celebrating improved connectedness, after being able to purchase a community transport vehicle last year with a $35,000 NSW Government Community Building Partnership grant.
State Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp joined Cr Arnott at the Men’s Shed this week to see the improved facilities.
“I was thrilled to be able to present this money to the Shed, and I’m even more thrilled to see the bus being put to excellent use,” Mr Crakanthorp said.
“The bus has enabled more members of the Fern Bay community, particularly those who are older or have a disability, to access local services which is so important to their continued wellbeing.”