container for good

Update January 27, 2021

This project involves collecting tools, hardware, building materials and other goods by Weston Creek Men’s shed in ACT from the local Canberra community and shipping them down to Quaama for distribution to households deeply affected by last summer’s bushfires. All affected households in the northern part of Bega Valley Shire are invited to view the collection and take the things that they need. The first container has now been fully dispersed to a wide range of very appreciative recipients and many eagerly await the next instalment. 

This second container has a huge variety of odds ’n sods, from fishing rods, garden tools, light fittings, lawn mowers, a portable generator and even a ride-on scooter! Everything you could imagine, including a kitchen sink.

The current container at the WCMS will be officially closed up and sent on its way to Quaama, for the relief of bush fire victims, by the Member for Bean, David Smith, ( on Thursday 28 January.  

The WCMS will be hosting this important function on Thursday 28 January at 1-2pm which will include a BBQ and light refreshments. 

Following the container’s transportation and delivery to Quaama, there will be an official opening ceremony. 

This event will take place Monday Feb 8, 12pm to 1pm, with the Member for Eden Monaro, Kirsty McBain, ( attending to formally thank the members of WCMS for their generosity of effort and support and receive the container destined to help the bush fire affected community.

When:  Monday Feb 8  Noon- speeches and opening. 12.30- proceed to Quaama Hall for BBQ. 

Where:  Quaama Tennis Courts (Corner of Fieldbuckets Road opp. Quaama P.O.)

The presence of any WCMS members would be most appreciated. Please contact Don Firth, Project coordinator, on 0410 404 041 if you are able to attend.

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Container for Good

Last week our container was sealed up and sent to the lovely people of Quaama, a tiny town just north of Bega and close to Cobargo, both towns devastated by the 2019 fires.

The container was cracked open and the event described by the coordinator, Don

Allan, We had our first very successful opening of the container yesterday. What a lot of treasures! A huge variety of really good stuff! One ‘customer’ said “OH WOW…I had forgotten I had one of those”..   a vindication of our efforts. Top ‘sellers’ were the ‘many’ boxes of spanners etc. and the actual tool boxes. I have a request for fishing tackle, otherwise yes, anything….
Well done and thank you to you and your merry men.

Even if one bloke on a farm or in town gets a tool or a bit of gear that helps them in any way, then it has been worthwhile.

A big shout out to everyone that helped pack the container or brought stuff in to be donated. Every bit helps. Also a big thank-you to the other men’s sheds around the area that sent over donations.

And of course three cheers for those businesses that support us and enable this kind of good work to continue.

The result was so good we have another container already!

With the communities help we can provide relief to so many families and individuals who were impacted by the devastating 2019 bush fires. Donations thus far have been hand tools and power tools of all types. Hammers, drills, saws, sanders, nuts and bolts, screws, door furniture and fittings in fact anything that could be used to build shelter or furniture. We even had room in the container to include craft supplies.

Much of the donated items came from families clearing out the garage or shed. Weston Creek Men’s Shed members can assist retirees clean out garage and sheds. Members will also be available at the Shed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings till 12:30pm to accept usable items. Please do not bring broken or damaged items and do not leave items if the Shed is unattended.

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Hohoho, Christmas lunch

Thursday last week saw a good number of blokes sitting around the shed enjoying a Christmas Lunch in the form of a BBQ.

Here’s a couple off snaps showing the men doing what we do best : nothing much and eating!

Yes, I can see the problem, it’s empty!
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