Men need a new home
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.