THE blokes down at the Narooma Men’s Shed have been working hard on the impressive, four-seater memorial bench for Wal Worboys.
In fact, the bench is good to go and Wal’s family on Thursday checked out the new bench.
Son Heath and former partner Faith Worboys were very impressed.
Heath reckoned it was awesome while Faith said the large four-seater bench made out of blackbutt timber was “truly beautiful”.
The bench will be placed on the Kianga foreshore in front of Anton’s Café, where most mornings Wal enjoyed a coffee while he read the newspaper.
Eurobodalla Shire Council has approved this site, with infrastructure director Warren Sharpe on Monday saying there were no apparent heritage or environment issues.
The men’s shed and council will now work together to pour a concrete slab on the site before transporting and installing the new bench.
The family meanwhile is now also working with council on a plaque with a few nice words about Wal to be placed on the bench.
President Brian Craven said the memorial seat was made possible by donations from the men’s shed, Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and members of the local community.
Members wanted to thank local business Truss Plus and Home Timber and Hardware who had both been very generous.
The Narooma Men’s Shed members are now turning their attention to finding a permanent home after the lease expires on the sheds they are currently using on Glasshouse Rocks Road.
Brian Craven said despite three and a half years of discussion with council and State Government representatives, the men’s shed had yet to find a permanent home.
It was only through the good will of two local residents that they are able to operate this valuable community asset.
“It will be a sad day for the Narooma community if the Narooma Men’s had to close because of a lack of tangible support in finding a permanent venue from those who have the power to assist,” he said.
If anyone can assist with either land or a building, please ring Brian on 4476 4444.