It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Maffra

Maffra Men's Shed members with their built Christmas trees.

Maffra Men’s Shed members have busy been making Christmas trees, which are now available for sale.
People may spot the trees around the Maffra main street, and local residents have already
contacted the Men’s Shed to order their own.
Workshop manager Casey McMahon said with Christmas drawing closer, they were expecting even more demand and will continue to build trees.
“We’ve got a lot of scrap material and packing cases,” he said.
“We knock those to pieces and shape them like a tree.
“Then we paint and put decorations on them as well.”
Maffra Men’s Shed has been beneficial for the mental health of members, particularly during the holiday season.
“Doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or any other time, fellas who are on their own especially can get very lonely and depressed,” Casey said.
“The shed has helped a lot of fellas that are at home on their own — they can occupy themselves down here.
“They can do their own little projects and use the gear that’s here.”
For those who want to become involved in Maffra’s Men Shed, meetings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to noon.

Project manager Casey McMahon said the project had occupied a lot of Maffra’s men who are living by themselves. 

“Just rock up,” said Casey. No appointments are necessary and members are very welcoming.
“We get new members all the time,” said Casey.
“We used to have six or eight turn up in the beginning — now we’re getting 15 to 20.”
Maffra Men’s Shed will move from its current location on Gibney St, with Wellington Shire
Council providing a site at the former Maffra RV Park in Johnson St.
Maffra Men’s Shed president Jim King said members were desperately trying to raise money to complete the building.
“We have to be out of our current location by the end of next year,” he said.
“The building is going to be shared by five community groups — Maffra Men’s Shed, Maffra
Country Women’s Association, the McMillan Rockhounds, Maffra Angling Club and the Maffra Lions Club.”
The facility will also be available for other Maffrabased organisations and offered as a relief centre for local emergencies.A GoFundMe page has been set up that welcomes all local contributions (just search Maffra Men’s Shed on GoFundMe).
Sausage sizzles took place at the Bunnings store in Sale at the weekend, with more planned for December 5, 12, 18 and 19.
Proceeds from the events and the Christmas trees will go towards the move.