Mt Perry Men's Shed looks to the future
NIGEL French is thinking about legacy.
Specifically, that of the Mount Perry Men's Shed, which has already lost three foundation members through old age.
Members have worked hard to turn the Men's Shed into a hub for the community, and they've got all the equipment you could ever want, but none of them are getting any younger, Mr French said.
This is why, on Saturday, June 1 from 8am-11am, the Shed will throw open its roller door for an open day for boys aged 12-18 and their parents.
"We need people after us,” Mr French said.
He said the members were especially interested in meeting youngsters who wanted to learn woodworking, metalwork and forging.
Mr French said three local teenagers had already expressed an interest in forging, under the tutelage of Brian Gerdes.
The forge for now remains at the town's museum complex, but there are plans to eventually relocate it to the Shed.
This will complement the unbelievable variety of tools and equipment already on offer at the Shed, much of it funded by Evolution Mining, the company behind the nearby Mt Rawdon Operation gold mine: a lathe, milling machine, pipe bender, metal folder, compressor and circular saw amongst them.
Mr French said he believed the younger generations were losing the ability to work with their hands.
"They haven't got the opportunity,” he said.
Depending on the interest at the open day, the Shed wants to open fortnightly on a Saturday morning to work with young men who want to learn manual skills.
"Our aim isn't to be just a haven for old guys, we're here to promote the town, to make sure there's still going to be a town once the mine finishes,” Mr French said.