Men's Shed movement contributing to tourism in regional Queensland
A Queensland council says having Men's Sheds in their towns is encouraging tourists to stay longer and spend more.
North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh said the volunteer organisation that brought men together to build and woodwork had recently established branches in Gayndah, Biggenden and Monto.
"Travellers who come through might pull up and overnight, or pull up for a couple of days, if they know there is a Men's Shed," he said.
"I understand that they have even been known to stay for a week, just to go along and build something while they are here."
The network of Men's Sheds across Australia is proving a valuable resource connecting tourists with North Burnett communities, and encouraging visitors to stay longer and contribute to the towns they visit.
Cr Waugh said of the men involved in the North Burnett Men's Shed, some were retired and some were near retirement, but all were looking at doing something for the community.
"The big thing of it is that they will be working for the community and will be working to enhance the service that is available through that operation," he said.
The Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) provides the location and contact details of more than 930 Men's Sheds throughout Australia.
Travellers are able to use this network to reach out to specific Men's Sheds and get involved when visiting a town, enabling men to connect with a community, a service and individuals whilst travelling.
According to the AMSA, all Men's Sheds are different, but they are important places to bring men from all walks of life together so they can make or learn alongside others, and contribute to their communities.
Source: ABC News