Deano pretties up the place

THE folk from the Vincent men’s shed have been hard at work, making planter boxes to liven up the town.

Local carpenter Deano Hall has been coming down to the shed since February, and says it’s been a great way to make friends and keep mental health in check.

• Roy Haagman, Ante Beros, Carlo Cardaci and Deano Hall—boxing up a storm. Bottom: one of the team’s creations. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Roy Haagman, Ante Beros, Carlo Cardaci and Deano Hall—boxing up a storm. Bottom: one of the team’s creations. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

“When I said I was a carpenter they practically skull-dragged me in and said ‘we’ve got work for you!’” the 46-year-old tradie says.

The project’s a collaboration between the Vincent council, North Perth Local community organisation, the shed and the North Perth community garden to add a bit of colour to streets.

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People with disabilities such as autism have also been coming down from Adventist Residential Care to help out and learn a few skills. “It’s good seeing a smile on their faces when they build something,” Mr Hall says.

So far they’ve put out seven boxes and have nine more to go, and they’ve been so well received people have been calling up wanting to commission one for their own homes.

by DAVID BELL

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