Grant gives life to Men’s Shed home

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

A GRANT from the State Gov­ern­ment has al­lowed Wa­roona Men’s Shed to be­gin con­struc­tion of its new home.

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke pre­sented the $100,000 cheque on Fri­day, which will go to­wards the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new head­quar­ters.

Men’s Shed mem­ber and past pres­i­dent Philip Turner said the shed was us­ing a build­ing owned by the Wa­roona Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

“They very kindly let us use it, sup­pos­edly for only a cou­ple of years but we’ve been here nearly five,” he said.

“We have to move out ev­ery show day which makes it very dif­fi­cult.”

The new build­ing would be shared with the Wa­roona Youth Group and would be lo­cated on the site of the old ten­nis club.

“The face of our build­ing will be a veranda and we’re putting a veranda on their build­ing so the two will be linked to­gether and be­cause there’s al­ready toi­lets and kitchen fa­cil­i­ties in there we won’t have to du­pli­cate them, so that’s a big cost sav­ing,” Mr Turner said.

As well as shar­ing the build­ing, Mr Turner said the mem­bers would be happy to work with the youth group.

“Hope­fully some of the older ones, if they want to learn some­thing dur­ing school hol­i­days, things like that, they can,” he said.

Mr Turner said the cheque pre­sented put them over the line to start the project, af­ter its mem­bers raised the rest of the cash needed.

“We’ve en­gaged a lo­cal firm and their draughts­men are do­ing their plans now,” he said.

“Then we’ll get them to the shire to ap­prove and we’re away.”

Ms Clarke said the is­sue of the Wa­roona Men’s Shed’s new build­ing had come up at all three of the com­mu­nity meet­ings she had at­tended.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan, Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke and Wa­roona Men’s Shed mem­ber Philip Turner look at some of the projects un­der way in the work­shop.

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