Yarrawonga Chronicle

Sheds dominated building activity

- BY ROBERT MUIR

Out of the 13 permits for August, 10 related to 11 new sheds throughout the Federation Council area, with four in Corowa, four in Howlong, two in Mulwala and for Urana.

Some of shed uses include industrial businesses and storage at home of gardening materials such as lawn mowers. If you renovate the shed and have electrical cabling installed, it can be used as an office or ‘hideout’ to be separate from the main house preventing any distractio­ns or interrupti­ons.

If you have appropriat­e ventilatio­n in the shed it can be used as a playhouse for children.

Sheds allow you to get away from the stresses at work or in the house after a busy day. You can (subject of course to Covid applicatio­ns) invite your mates around, play a musical instrument or just call it home.

In more recent times, it has been pointed out that having a shed has saved many men from suicide or other mental issues.

The remaining three building approvals were: dwelling in Marie Court Howlong, patio (verandah) Kennedy Street Howlong and verandah in Mulwala.

Building statistics for August were the lowest for this year after substantia­l building activity in previous months. But looking at developmen­t applicatio­n approvals listed on Federation Council’s agenda for the September meeting last week, the building activity is set to increase, especially at Howlong with new homes.

Property owners love their sheds because of their many uses, and the latest building permits for sheds listed by Federation Council dominate approvals.

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