Sparky needed to help Men’s Shed em­power blokes

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Colman

The Margaret River Men’s Shed is close to fin­ish­ing plans for its new home but needs an elec­tri­cian to come on board with the project.

The group is us­ing the old black­smith’s shed at the Old Set­tle­ment, but last year was given ap­proval for a per­ma­nent site at the old water tower near Glouces­ter Park.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Terry Hutch­ings said ar­chi­tects, builders, en­gi­neers, sur­vey­ors and so­lic­i­tors had come on board pro bono but elec­tri­cal help was still needed.

The new premises will house wood­work, met­al­work and me­chan­i­cal work­shops, a recre­ation room, a com­mer­cial kitchen, ad­min­is­tra­tion quar­ters and a mul­ti­pur­pose func­tion room.

Mr Hutch­ings said the space would be well used.

“Ro­tary will pri­mar­ily use the meet­ing room but it will be avail­able to any other busi­ness look­ing for a cheap venue to hire,” Mr Hutch­ings said.

“We’re also go­ing to hold monthly cook­ing lessons.”

Mr Hutch­ings said it was im­por­tant men in the com­mu­nity knew they had a place to go if they needed to talk. “We’re en­cour­ag­ing guys to talk, es­pe­cially af­ter the re­cent tragedy in Os­ming­ton,” he said.

“You can come and have a chat, come hang out . . . you don’t need to be work­ing in the shed.”

The Men’s Shed will also have a se­ries of raf­fles out­side Margaret River IGA, start­ing on June 23, rais­ing money for new equip­ment.

Margaret River Men’s Shed op­er­ates on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days from 9am-noon.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mar gare­triver­mensshed.com.au or call Mr Hutch­ings on 0428 909 198.

Pic­ture: Therese Colman

Men's Shed mem­bers John Turn­bull, Terry Hutch­ings, Noel Bradley and Si­mon Pem­ber­ton.

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