$311k grant a win for Shed

Augusta Margaret River Times
The Margaret River Men's Shed project is celebrating funding success. Pictured are members Mark Owen, Terry Hutchings and Simon Pemberton.
Camera IconThe Margaret River Men's Shed project is celebrating funding success. Pictured are members Mark Owen, Terry Hutchings and Simon Pemberton. Credit: Warren Hately

Margaret River’s Men’s Shed is celebrating a massive win, with a big grant from Lotterywest confirming the group’s relocation bid will move ahead.

The $311,500 grant awarded last week will add to funding provided by other groups, as well as fundraising efforts, allowing the shed’s construction of a permanent headquarters at the edge of Gloucester Park to proceed.

Men’s Shed president Terry Hutchings said the group already had Shire approval in place for the site adjacent to the water tower, off Shepherdson Lane, behind Station Road.

The 11m water tower will be incorporated in the construction job with the blessing of the Water Corporation.

Mr Hutchings told the Times the new grant was “the big one” members awaited before knowing their dream home would come true.

The group aim to build the $600,000 project in several stages.

An army of volunteers and local builders working for very little will erect the main clubhouse and workshop starting in June.

“We have four shedloads of gear already stored off-site,” Mr Hutchings said.

The workshops will mostly feature woodworking due to the success of the existing shed in the Old Settlement, but the full roll-out of the site, which requires more money, would include vehicle restoration and metalwork, as well as a commercial kitchen and other club facilities.

Mr Hutchings said the kitchen was mostly for community groups who had nowhere else to turn.

Margaret River had no senior citizens’ club, and private functions as well as volunteer groups would be able to hire the main room and kitchen once finished.

“We see this as ideal for a senior citizens’ centre,” Mr Hutchings said. The new shed would fit about 100 guests, but members didn’t expect that to happen often.

Supporters for the future build and new members can contact him on 0428 909 198.

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