Interest has continued to grow in the Namoi Women’s Shed.

“Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, Mark Coulton heard about our initiative and visited the Women’s Shed recently,” said spokeswoman Trish Dandridge.

Mr Coulton met members and supporters including Challenge Community’s chief executive Barry Murphy, Challenge Recycling manager Matt Keeffe, campus coordinator for the Community College Trish Dandridge and some of the women who represent the Women’s Shed.

“This was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of, and talk about the purpose of, the shed and we thank Mark Coulton for his interest and support,” said Mrs Dandridge.

“Things are progressing quickly as we await funding and we plan for our grand opening.

“We will be having a working bee within the next months to get the site ready for use for over 100 women who are ready, willing and waiting to get started.

“The committee held its first meeting this month and developed an action plan to start to develop the details of the way the Women’s Shed is to operate, taking into account what the members would like to see offered,” Mrs Dandridge said.

“We have also had interest and support from men in our area who are willing to pass on their skills and support this initiative as well as interest from different health departments in relation to the social health and wellbeing of women in our region”.

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