Plans for Men’s Shed in Lin­coln

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HE­LENA O'NEILL

Plans for the Men’s Shed of Lin­coln are gath­er­ing mo­men­tum pend­ing coun­cil ap­proval of a lease near the Lin­coln Event Cen­tre.

The Men’s Shed of Lin­coln So­ci­ety in­tends to pro­vide a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity for use as a meet­ing place and an area for shar­ing skills to re­pair and make items for the com­mu­nity.

Chair­man John Doocey said plans for a Men’s Shed had been ‘‘in the works for a while’’.

A Lin­coln man had do­nated wood­work­ing gear on the con­di­tion a Men’s Shed was cre­ated in the town.

Doocey said more wood­work­ing gear or en­gi­neer­ing tools would be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the 200sqm shed. The group also plans to add a 72sqm an­nex in the fu­ture to cre­ate a meet­ing room.

The group re­ceived $50,000 from Pub Char­ity to­wards the cost of the shed, and hoped the re­main­der would be cov­ered by a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion lodged with an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Sel­wyn Dis­trict Coun­cil is propos­ing to grant a ground lease over part of the land near the Lin­coln Event Cen­tre.

Un­der the pro­posal, it is in­tended that the free­hold own­er­ship of the site will re­main with coun­cil for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Sel­wyn res­i­dents.

Sub­mis­sions to the coun­cil’s lease pro­posal closes at 5pm on June 2.


John Doocey.

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