Men need a new home

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - ~ James Ben­nett

The Fin­ley Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a po­ten­tial new home for the Fin­ley Men’s Shed group.

The Deni­son St site is owned by the Ber­ri­gan Shire and be­lieved to be rarely used.

How­ever, coun­cil has also re­ceived a re­quest from the Fin­ley RSL Sub-branch to utilise the same space.

The Men’s Shed is be­ing forced to find a new lo­ca­tion as its cur­rent home in Mur­ray St op­po­site Fin­ley Lake is be­ing sold by its owner.

Men’s Shed vice pres­i­dent Graeme Fal­coner and trea­surer Bill Row­lands at­tended this month’s Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil meet­ing and, in pub­lic ques­tion time, asked coun­cil­lors and staff to help it se­cure a new home.

Mr Fal­coner said the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall would specif­i­cally suit the work un­der­taken by Men’s Shed vol­un­teers, which in­cludes projects for com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal schools.

‘‘At the back of the Fin­ley Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall build­ing there is a large car park space where we would build and pay for a new shed,’’ he told coun­cil.

‘‘We need the space for our saw benches, paint­ing and our large ta­ble.’’

While coun­cil­lors and staff sup­ported the idea, Ber­ri­gan Shire di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Matt Hansen said more in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing the build­ing’s cur­rent uses needs to be con­ducted.

He said the other re­quest for the build­ing’s use from the sub-branch would have to be in­ves­ti­gated.

Coun­cil­lors asked staff to pre­pare a re­port on the build­ing and the re­quire­ments in sup­port­ing the move, to be brought back to the next coun­cil meet­ing.

It would also in­ves­ti­gate the Men’s Shed’s suit­abil­ity as a ten­nant at the site.

‘‘If they are will­ing to keep the build­ing in­tact and cover the main­te­nance — which I’m sure they will and I be­lieve they would en­joy do­ing con­sid­er­ing they’re a Men’s Shed — then we could cer­tainly con­sider that when de­ter­min­ing any rental charge, or charg­ing rent at all.’’

Mr Fal­coner said the Fin­ley Men’s Shed is al­ways seek­ing new vol­un­teers. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 5883 3490.

Fin­ley Men’s Shed vol­un­teers (from left) Allen Cowan, Bill Row­lands, Austin Robin­son, Henry Robin­son, Robert Phillipe, Carl Bergman, Graeme Fal­coner, Ron­nie Ameer, Gavin Butcher and Fin­ley Dawe need help find­ing a new home.

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