Old Allora fire station turns into man cave
ALLORA'S Men's Shed group will gather on Saturday for their first official meeting at their recently acquired home base, the former Allora Fire Station in the main street.
Group secretary Ros Cave said "there is plenty of excitement within the membership given we finally have our own place", due to the recent signing of a lease with the Southern Downs Regional Council over the old fire station property.
Group president Danny Daniels is upbeat about what lies ahead for Allora's Men's Shed membership, "we needed a building to call our own and begin hosting activities and providing a meeting place for those involved, now we have taken that step".
Securing the historic old fire station has been a hot topic at recent group meetings, and the planning of the building's future layout to cater for members activities.
The group have benefited from the generosity of the community with donations of tools and furnishings to outfit the building.
Thanks to considerate donors the group have a band saw, router, drop saw, a grinder and a collection of hand tools along with tables and chairs.
Community members are requested to consider donating tools, furniture and other items considered useful for the Shed.
"Everyone involved is looking forward to the future" says secretary Ros Cave, "there is a definite opening for an organisation like the Men's Shed in Allora, our growing membership reflects a high level of interest".
Men's Shed vice-president Dick Evans, who is keen on vehicle restoration, welcomed the suggestions from fellow members.
"The guys are keen to concrete an area at the rear of the building and build a skillion over it, the building is in dire need of a repaint, some landscaping and a vegetable garden will spruce up the back yard, and we have suggestions of a fire place and outdoor oven," Mr Evans said.
Fellow member Trevor Shields, who has a talent for making bush furniture, is keen to have residents of the Homestead Aged Persons Hostel involved, and feels members of the Allora Men's Shed have skills that can be imparted at the local schools.
This Saturday's meeting at 9am will feature guest speaker Bill Challen from the Glen Innes Men's Shed and new members are encouraged to attend.
The new Allora Men's Shed abode is an historical site, the town fire station from 1965 until 2001, and after that a seed grading laboratory and later an art studio.
Prior to its years as a fire station, the building housed a number of businesses including a couple of tailors, a second hand trader and a dry cleaning business.
For further information regarding the Allora Men's Shed, contact Ros Cave on 0428 334 500.