Old power building to house Men’s Shed
The huge costs associated with establishing a source of electricity in Exmouth’s old power house building has resulted in a change of home for the town’s new Men’s Shed.
Shire of Exmouth chief executive Bill Price said funding was being sourced and different options were being explored, and insisted the recycling drop-off centre and emergency services storage also planned for the building would go ahead.
Mr Price said it would cost more than $200,000 to install the necessary power source the Shire would need to use the rest of the block and the building.
“We are looking at funding sources and may come up with a renewable energy source,” he said.
In the short-term the empty building will be used for storage.
Mr Price said the Shire had found the Exmouth Men’s Shed a building in a recreational precinct being established near the tennis club behind Koobooroo Oval.
Exmouth Men’s Shed president Darrel Spicer said it would have taken too long to find funding to make power available in the old power house.
“Everyone on the Men’s Shed committee is extremely happy with the situation we’re now in because we can make this new building more customised to what we want to use it for,” he said. “It’s got huge potential and we can move straight in and start setting up.” The Men’s Shed already has woodworking tools and its members are keen to move ahead with activities, including opportunities to use the workshop, community projects, youth mentoring, men’s health and providing social events and friendship. Mr Spicer said the new building came with an area of land which the committee was really excited about. “It’s a better location because the noise we make won’t bother neighbours,” he said. Exmouth Men’s Shed will hold its annual general meeting in March and encourages new members to attend.
Bob Turner, Darrel Spicer, Barry Cullen, Bob Todd and Shawn O’Toole are all set to move into the Exmouth Men’s Shed’s new premises.