Shed team build up hub

NEW RO­TUNDA PART OF BIG PLANS FOR SPACE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

CON­STRUC­TION of a ro­tunda for the Will­mot Com­mu­nity Hub has started, with the res­i­dent Men’s Shed team mak­ing use of do­nated tim­ber.

David Lux­ford, 46, leads the Men’s Shed pro­gram at the site, and has grand plans for the out­door space.

The qual­i­fied land­scaper hopes to cre­ate an invit­ing com­mu­nity area, com­plete with a bas­ket­ball hoop and am­ple seat­ing.

“I’m a bit old-school. I grew up in Black­ett – this is my town and these are my peo­ple,” Mr Lux­ford said.

He has been work­ing closely with Graceades Cot­tage pro­gram de­vel­op­ment worker Ivanka Pe­likan on a vi­sion to du­pli­cate the Bid­will suc­cess for Will­mot.

“Ivanka is an amaz­ing and pas­sion­ate per­son,” Mr Lux­ford said.

“She got into Graceades and her per­sis­tence earned her re­spect from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Peo­ple here are tired of pro­grams and peo­ple com­ing in and out.

“They prom­ise the world and never de­liver.

“Ivanka stuck it out and made all the dif­fer­ence.”

The Men’s Shed meet ev­ery Thurs­day, from 1-3pm, at the Will­mot Com­mu­nity Hub, and Mr Lux­ford is­sued an open in­vi­ta­tion to any man want­ing to take part.

One mem­ber, Lyn­ley Lee, said he re­ally en­joyed his time at the shed.

A fence will be in­stalled at the hub in com­ing weeks to se­cure the grounds be­fore the out­door work starts to im­prove the build­ing fa­cade and gar­dens.

Vol­un­teers can help progress the vi­sion at the site, by call­ing Ivanka on 9628 2045.

Pic­ture: PHILLIP ROGERS

David Lux­ford, Dar­ren Olsen, Lyn­ley Lee and Sep Euta work on the Will­mot Com­mu­nity Hub.

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