Shed move a ‘win-win’

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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.

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