A long, wind­ing road

Isis Town and Country - - News -

The fol­low­ing are ex­tracts of Max Emery’s speech:

“The idea of a men’s shed in Woodgate was first floated at a meet­ing of the Woodgate Beach RSL sub branch in 2010.

“It was agreed we should start the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing what a men’s shed was and what would be re­quired to es­tab­lish one.

“The meet­ing del­e­gated Gra­ham Black the task of co-or­di­nat­ing this ven­ture and ini­tial con­tact be­gan with Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil in Au­gust 2010.

“There were lots of de­lays in ini­tial con­tacts with BRC, prob­a­bly caused in the con­fu­sion of amal­ga­ma­tion, and a com­mu­nity meet­ing was called by Gra­ham to as­cer­tain what com­mu­nity in­ter­est there was.

“This meet­ing took place in July 2011, and was chaired by then-Hin­kler MP Paul Neville, and a young fu­ture politi­cian Stephen Bennett came along to ob­serve and learn.

“Se­ri­ous ap­proaches be­gan with BRC in Au­gust 2011 and our ap­pli­ca­tion went to a coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 22 (and) was given Ap­proval in Prin­ci­ple sta­tus.

“The only land avail­able for a men’s shed was on the recre­ation re­serve.

“This land is owned by Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and held un­der a trust lease ar­range­ment by BRC.

“We had to ne­go­ti­ate a sub lease from BRC and be­gan ap­proaches to DERM in Oc­to­ber 2011. The land was sur­veyed in May and we ob­tained our lease in July 2012.

“We also man­aged to have a new rule in­tro­duced into coun­cil. Af­ter lob­by­ing ev­ery coun­cil in Queens­land to find out what they do for reg­is­tered not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions we sub­mit­ted our find­ings to BRC who adopted our rec­om­men­da­tions.

“The rule states NFP or­gan­i­sa­tions who do not hold a liquor li­cence and are lo­cated on coun­cil land will not pay in­fra­struc­ture fees.

“We hope this will ben­e­fit other or­gan­i­sa­tions who find them­selves in the same po­si­tion.

“This has been and will re­main a com­mu­nity-in­sti­gated, -sup­ported and -run project.

The orig­i­nal steer­ing com­mit­tee and sub­se­quent com­mit­tees are proud of what we have achieved. It has been a long and wind­ing road, some­times with large pot­holes, to get here.

We have no doubt Woodgate Men’s Shed will be­come a ma­jor as­set to en­hance the life­style and well­be­ing of the res­i­dents of Woodgate.”

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