Men’s Shed dream close to fruition
Volunteer time and labour builds a base ... and hope
AFTER four long years, members of the Woodgate Men’s Shed can now see their dreams slowly transforming into a reality.
Their dream of having a shed to meet and work out of is another step closer thanks to local contractors who have volunteered their time and labour to complete the project.
Work on the shed is well and truly begun, with the slab and external frames erected over the past few weeks, and the internal fit out beginning this week.
Woodgate Men’s Shed treasurer Garry Leblang said he was pleased with the progress of the shed’s construction, considering how reliant the group had
Garry Leblang Men’s Shed It’s going to save us in the long run ...
been on voluntary contractors.
“Because everything has been done by voluntary contractors, we’ve had to fit in with them,” Mr Leblang said. “They’re doing things between their jobs, but it’s saved the group somewhere up to about $20,000,” he said.
“It’s going to save us in the long run – it’s a major contribution.
“There’s still a fair bit to do but it’s all progressing well with the assistance of local contractors doing things like final plumbing and electrical work.”
Mr Leblang said he had seen a growing interest in the group since building began, because the community could now see the project take shape.
“Typically over the past couple of years, we probably had 10 to 15 members turn up to our fortnightly gatherings,” he said.
“Now we’re getting about 25.”
The group continues to hold regular meetings at a member’s residence for the time being.
It is hopeful the shed will be completed by the end of September.
It is anticipated that the long-awaited shed will provide members with a safe and happy environment where skilled and unskilled men can pursue hobbies, learn skills and socialise.
MAKING PROGRESS: Woodgate Men's Shed vice-president Col Ensbey and treasurer Garry Leblang are rapt with the building.