29 November 2017
More sheds for younger men

TUCKED away on aged care centre land in Angurugu, a small shed is giving men a place to meet, socialise and support each other.

The ALC built the shed in February 2014 as a place to make spears and cultural objects and now has plans to develop more sheds for younger men.

Senior men have been meeting at the current shed for activities such as painting, making didgeridoos and more.

Coordinator Ian O’Malley said the men did projects together with school children and this year had regularly worked with anthropologists on country recording traditional names for the Groote landscape.

“Instead of working alone on their interests, the shed is a space for them to interact,” Ian said.

He said the space was special to older men but younger men also needed a safe space to get together.

ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said the ALC was looking at including men’s sheds as part of the new cultural centres in Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra.

PHOTO: Jabani Lalara works with ochre in the current mens shed.