Benalla boys ‘chooked out’
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.