Vil­lage work­shop a hob­by­ist’s dream

Canning Gazette - - ROSSMOYNE WATERS -

ROSS­MOYNE Waters Aus­tralis re­tire­ment com­plex has reached an­other com­mu­nity build­ing mile­stone.

Af­ter months of plan­ning, a fully equipped uni­sex vil­lage work­shop is poised to wel­come cre­ative res­i­dents.

De­scribed as be­ing at the top end of hob­by­ist work­shop de­sign, the air­con­di­tioned fa­cil­ity hosts an im­pres­sive ar­ray of wood­work­ing equip­ment as well as tools and room for other pur­suits, such as ceram­ics and glass work.

Plans are also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of a sep­a­rate fa­cil­ity for met­al­work en­thu­si­asts.

The vil­lage work­shop is the lat­est evo­lu­tion of ear­lier hum­ble fa­cil­i­ties es­tab­lished by res­i­dents of Aus­tralis’s ad­ja­cent in­de­pen­dent-liv­ing area.

“I never dreamed we’d be able to set up and have ac­cess to some­thing like this,” orig­i­nal work­shop co-founder and in­de­pen­dent-liv­ing area res­i­dent Bill Pringle said.

“The first two work­shops Jack Hig­gins and I es­tab­lished were just one bench and some do­nated hand tools.

“They were places of great friend­ship though.

“We’d lost a mate in very sad cir­cum­stances and knew some­where was needed to gather, talk and help each other through.

“The most im­por­tant tools then were the ket­tle, a cup and your ears.”

Co-founder Jack Hig­gins added: “We had one rule in the early days; no sleep­ing overnight.

“Some of the guys would lose track of time in there if you didn’t keep an eye on them. We started go­ing around check­ing on res­i­dents who’d lost a part­ner or whose hus­bands weren’t well to see if they had any per­sonal items need­ing re­pair.”

Bill con­tin­ued: “Now the ladies are join­ing us in this new work­shop and that is just won­der­ful; a real sense of care and com­mu­nity lives on.”

Sev­eral fel­low res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Ron Millen and Lind­say Laing, re­spec­tively for­mer engi­neer­ing pat­tern and cab­i­net mak­ers by pro­fes­sion, worked with Bill, Jack and Ross­moyne Waters’ Ad­ven­tist Care man­age­ment team to de­vise the new work­shop’s de­sign and equip­ment plan, as well as its Worksafe com­pli­ant oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety pro­ce­dures.

“Up to five peo­ple can work on the equip­ment at one time,” Ron said.

“It ac­com­mo­dates far more than that dur­ing tool­free-time to so­cialise or have crafts­peo­ple demon­strat­ing hob­bies.

“We are not tak­ing the place of build­ing man­age­ment, it’s a hob­by­ist’s work­shop es­tab­lished to look af­ter mi­nor main­te­nance of per­sonal items and pro­vide a cre­ative out­let and so­cial space.”

Hob­by­ist and re­tired man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­fes­sional John Hol­land said: “The fi­nal re­sult cer­tainly has lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

“It’s in­clu­sive and de­signed to en­able di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, a su­perb com­mu­nity space that will evolve as Ross­moyne Waters does.”

Aus­tralis res­i­dent Mar­i­lyn Roberts, who with her hus­band Vic in­tends to spend many happy hours in the work­shop, said the sense of com­mu­nity was heart-warm­ing.

“I re­ally en­joy us­ing the tools and equip­ment, work­ing to­gether on projects with Vic,” she said. “My friend Lucy feels very com­fort­able here too; you’re free to en­gage as lightly or heav­ily as you like.”

Vic said the work­shop was a bril­liant place for peo­ple to con­nect.

“One of the loveli­est things is the in­clu­sion of Bill and Jack’s orig­i­nal work bench, join­ing the old with the new,” he said.

Ad­ven­tist Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Blag­den said the work­shop, which is housed in a sound­proofed en­vi­ron­ment be­low the com­plex, would even­tu­ally be run by an elected com­mit­tee.

“Al­ready safety in­duc­tions, train­ing man­u­als, good gov­er­nance and com­pli­ance are in place,” Gary said.

Stage One of the Aus­tralis apart­ment com­plex is now more than half sold and in­ter­est in the re­main­ing 31 two- and three-bed­room apart­ments, from $475,000-$845,000, is height­en­ing.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to reach out to our vil­lage man­ager Daniel Gal­lop now and ex­pe­ri­ence the com­plex’s apart­ments and ameni­ties, in­clud­ing the Vil­lage Work­shop, first-hand,” Gary said.

“All apart­ments are life­long lease with three choices of De­ferred Man­age­ment Fee geared to suit in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances.

“We’re craft­ing a har­mo­nious, pos­i­tive com­mu­nity here and we’re do­ing it in style”.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Aus­tralis at Ross­moyne Waters, call Daniel on 9253 4456 or visit www. ross­moynewa­ters.com.au.

Above: Aus­tralis Ross­moyne Waters. Be­low: Ross­moyne Waters’ vil­lage work­shop hob­by­ists Vic and Mar­i­lyn Roberts, Jack Hig­gins, Ron Millen, Bob Pringle and John Hol­land.

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