The wheels are in motion for Tamworth Tech Shed Inc to jump-start its newest project courtesy of the $3000 funding injection by Greater Bank’s #GreaterNewEngland program.
Founded in February 2019, the Tamworth Tech Shed Inc provides a social place for members of all ages to work together on technical projects and avoid any mental health challenges that can often arise after working on challenging projects alone at home.
Dubbed ‘Project iLux’, the newest challenge for the group involves the restoration and electrification of a classic 1977 Hilux, including mechanical assembly, electronic wiring, programming, 3D printing and recycling of laptop batteries to act as a power source.
Tamworth Tech Shed Inc representative Trevor Bradberry said the funding was very much appreciated as it continues to allow all its members to learn, talk and be themselves in a casual space whilst working together.
“We try to help everyone we come in touch with whatever they need, not just the technical side of projects. It’s lending an ear, providing support and advice, or simply just showing them that sometimes solutions can be found quicker when everyone works together,” Trevor said.
“The aim is that Project iLUX will bring in more people of all abilities to the shed. We’re proud of being nerds and are delighted that the community, thanks to Greater Bank, thought as much too.”
While Tamworth Tech Shed Inc. took out the public vote and major funding share for the month, Tamworth Aboriginal Women's Keeping Place and South Armidale United Football club, each received $1,000 as runners-up.
Greater Bank’s Regional Sale Manager, Jennifer Smith, said she was delighted the work Tamworth Tech Shed Inc was doing for the New England community was being recognised and rewarded.
“For the past two years, the Tamworth Tech Shed Inc. has gone from strength to strength, supporting some of the most innovative, passionate and clever minds in the region,” Jennifer said.
“Greater Bank is proud to have supported them along their journey so far and we look forward to seeing them, and all the other beneficiaries of the #GreaterNewEngland funding initiative, continue to grow and thrive over the years to come.”
The May round of the #GreaterNewEngland program is now open with Cancer Council New England/ North West, PCYC NSW Gunnedah and Kootingal Junior Rugby League all competing for a share in the $5000 funding.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greaternewengland or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 26 May 2021.