Shed move a ‘win-win’
A power upgrade is also required at the Winton Road facility to accommodate the shed’s machinery and equipment, which is estimated to cost the City $110,000, along with $15,000 allocated to relocating the machinery.
This takes the total cost of the project to an estimated $1.23 million, with any other refurbishment works to be done at the Shed’s cost.
Other costs would include utilities such as water rates and the emergency services levy, but there would be no charge for council rates or land taxes.
At the December council briefing, Shed president Bob Allen said the Winton Road site was the best option they had seen given it would be “very difficult, if not impossible, to build a home from scratch”.
He said the Joondalup Men’s Shed was the second largest in WA with 212 members and 10 associate female members.
“We average 165 members at the shed each week for about 32 hours each week,” he said.
“We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment for all men aged over 18.
“Activities include computer classes, machinery, health seminars and trips.
“Most of our money comes from the toys we make, sausage sizzles and other fundraisers.”
Founder and “sole life member” Alan Greenhalgh added the group also helped to “combat loneliness, isolation and suicide”.
“We have literally saved lives, marriages and relationships,” he said.
“As we near the end of our tenure at the former Padbury Senior High School site, we have no other opportunities on the horizon so to miss out on this would be an enormous tragedy.”
Cr Tom McLean said it had been a “long hard road since 2010 looking for a more permanent site”.
He said the Winton Road site was a win-win, providing the Men’s Shed with a home and helping the City consolidate its services.