Be­nalla boys ‘chooked out’

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

The Be­nalla Men’s Shed is on the move af­ter grow­ing tired of be­ing ‘‘chooked out’’ of their premises ev­ery time there was a poul­try show.

Af­ter years of shar­ing space in the show­grounds Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil has found a block of land for them on Waller St.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Lou Sig­mund said shar­ing their stor­age space caused prob­lems.

Last week, for ex­am­ple, was Men’s Health Week and in­stead of do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties around that, the shed­ders have been spend­ing their time mov­ing their equip­ment for an up­com­ing poul­try show.

‘‘If there’s a chook show we need to move all our stuff out, we’ve got to stop work, which is just un­ten­able,’’ Mr Sig­mund said.

‘‘So we re­ally needed to change what we were do­ing and move to a lo­ca­tion that is suit­able for us and a stand-alone fa­cil­ity.

‘‘The coun­cil has gen­er­ously granted us a block, which is at the back of the cur­rent Lions, and we have marked out an area that we think might be suit­able.’’

The site has been of­fered to the Men’s Shed on a pep­per­corn lease and they plan to be there for some time.

‘‘We have to think long-term, there will be peo­ple af­ter us and we want to leave them a first-class Men’s Shed,’’ Mr Sig­mund said.

‘‘We will be sourc­ing fund­ing from state and fed­eral govern­ment to get the new site up and run­ning.

‘‘I know that the Fed­eral Govern­ment does have grants for projects like this, and I have a meet­ing with (Mem­ber for Euroa) Steph Ryan on the June 20 to have a dis­cus­sion with her about if and how she can help.

‘‘And I’ve ap­proached the lions for fund­ing for two con­tain­ers in the in­terim, so we have a stor­age fa­cil­ity and have some­where to put stuff rather than shar­ing with the poul­try.’’

Those con­tain­ers will be used for stor­age ini­tially, how­ever, the long-term plan is to ar­range them in such a way to cre­ate an out­door work area.

‘‘We can also use that space for bar­be­cues and fundrais­ing,’’ Mr Sig­mund said.

‘‘We will also be going to he com­mu­nity for fund­ing to sup­port us.

‘‘In turn we will sup­port the com­mu­nity, which is what we do any­way, so that’s the good news.

‘‘And we need sup­port from busi­nesses who sup­port Men’s Sheds and see the value in them.’’

If you are in a po­si­tion to do­nate, not only money, but also goods and ser­vices to help the Men’s Shed get their new premises built you can phone Lou on 0427 337 963.

On the move: Be­nalla Men’s Shed, which shares space with poul­try, is mov­ing to a new site on Waller St.

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