Shed ex­ten­sion for Gin Gin men

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT260116SHED

EX­TEN­SION: McHugh Steel com­pleted the Men’s Shed ex­ten­sion; (from left) Rob McHugh, Ray Lyons and Noel Matthew.

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