Old power build­ing to house Men’s Shed

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Bran­wen Smith

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.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

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.

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