Local Men's Shed members in Parkes and Forbes have picked up their tools to help our local Rotarians make bird nesting boxes.
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Between the two towns they aim to make around 75 bird boxes which will be placed in fire affected regions in NSW's south coast.
The Parkes Rotary Club offered to help Pambula Rotary Club in May by building and delivering 75 nesting boxes.
Rotary Clubs of the Sapphire Coast will install the bird boxes in trees on the south coast to replace the natural nesting holes which were burnt in the devastating bushfires in December.
Parkes members have been putting together 25 bird boxes for Crimson Rosellas and 25 boxes for Kingfishers, while Forbes Men's Shed will be putting together 25 boxes for Kookaburras.
The boxes are made of marine pine and will provide artificial hollows for birds to nest in.
Parkes Rotarian Cliff Cowell organised the construction of the boxes, obtaining designs and measurement templates.
Parkes Rotary Club said a number of Rotarians gave time to help with the cutting and construction of the boxes.
The last of the Parkes boxes were finished on Friday and are now ready for delivery.
Brian Wilkie from the Forbes Men's Shed said they've worked with Rotary before and jumped on board to help when they put the call out.
Forbes Rotary's Chris Finkel said they wanted to be able to help those down on the south coast because Rotarians from the region have offered support to the Central West in the past.
Mr Finkel said Forbes Rotary is also donating $10,000 to upgrade a cabin in the Pambula region to allow it to act as a temporary halfway house.
Almost half of the donation was raised by former Rotarian Exchange student, Matilda Stade from Germany who spent time in Forbes.
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