Shed finds a new home

Wanneroo Times - - News -

WAN­NEROO Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed has found a per­ma­nent home in Wan­gara.

The vol­un­teer group, which re­fur­bishes old com­put­ers, started in 2009 in a shed at Wan­neroo Show­ground.

“This was burnt down ac­ci­den­tally and we moved to the Hainsworth Cen­tre, and then to Daisy House in Gir­rawheen and Buck­ing­ham House in Wan­neroo,” sec­re­tary Dan O’Keefe said.

Mr O’Keefe said the shed used a $440,000 grant from Lot­tery­west, a $400,000 grant from the Gam­ing Com­mu­nity Trust and $122,500 from its own funds to buy the Cre­ative Street ware­house.

West Swan MLA Rita Saf­fi­oti and Wan­neroo MLA Sabine Win­ton at­tended the of­fi­cial open­ing on Fri­day.

“In­vest­ing in Men’s Sheds is an in­vest­ment in the wider com­mu­nity,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

“They are a place where peo­ple can go to learn, en­joy com­pany and give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity through the char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties they reg­u­larly carry out.”

Ms Win­ton said the shed’s move to a big­ger home had “been a long time com­ing”.

Shed vice-chair­man Gavin McIn­tosh said re­lo­cat­ing en­abled mem­bers to ex­pand the shed’s op­er­a­tion.

Mr O’Keefe said the vol­un­teers would con­tinue re­fur­bish­ing com­put­ers at the Wan­gara premises, as well as pro­vid­ing tu­tor­ing for us­ing com­put­ers, train­ing to use work­shop equip­ment and pub­lic lec­tures on men’s health.

“Schools, busi­nesses and coun­cils do­nate their old com­put­ers to us and we re­fur­bish them un­der li­cence from Mi­cro­soft,” he said.

“We only sell th­ese re­fur­bished com­put­ers to dis­ad­van­taged cit­i­zens – peo­ple with a health care card or a Cen­tre­link card or the equiv­a­lent. We charge from $80 to $150 for com­plete com­put­ers and lap­tops.”

Visit www.wc­men­shed.org.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488120

Dan O'Keefe, Wan­neroo MLA Sabine Win­ton, Des Ab­bott, West Swan MLA Rita Saf­fi­oti, Gavin McIn­tosh and David Downer.

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