Shed extension for Gin Gin men
THE 25 members of the Gin Gin Men’s She this week welcomed the completion of the extension to the current shed.
The idea for the extension came from the late Ronald Eric Ponicke (Ron) in 2015, who, sadly, passed away before any plans were finalised.
Mr Ponicke was a founding member and Gin Gin Men’s Shed president.
He wanted to expand the shed for all its members and the Ponicke family kindly endorsed Ron’s gift to the organisation.
Current president Noel Matthew said without the support of the entire Ponicke family the extension would not have been possible.
“Ron’s family and a government grant made it possible, the shed extension is now complete and ready to use,” Mr Matthew said.
“Thanks to Rob McHugh and the team at McHugh Steel for bringing to life Ron’s idea to extend.”
McHugh Steel owner Rob McHugh said he wanted the extension to look like the original shed.
“We worked closely with their design and made it happen,” Mr McHugh said.
“No shed is ever big enough and we do many extensions.”
As the extension stands ready for use, minor details are yet to be completed including lining the walls and adding a dividing wall.
The extension will offer extra room for computers, books and a practical office space.
Men’s Shed had the support of many great hands working on the project during construction.
Ray Lyons was the site supervisor, employed by McHugh Steel and working closely with Men’s Shed member Moss Hart.
Mr Hart said the whole community would benefit from the extension and thanked all involved.
“A special thanks to Jason Hawkey of Hawkey Electrical, builder Paul Turnbull and concreter Phil Singleton,” Mr Hart said.
The Men’s Shed organisation across Australia offers friendship, support and a place to share a lifetime of experiences and skills to men of all ages and backgrounds.
The Gin Gin Men’s Shed welcomes new members every Wednesday and Friday from 8am–noon.
“A memorial plaque will be erected on the new extension in memory of Ron Ponicke,” Mr Matthew said.
EXTENSION: McHugh Steel completed the Men’s Shed extension; (from left) Rob McHugh, Ray Lyons and Noel Matthew.