Men’s Shed members a tower of strength

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The Margaret River Men's Shed took its next major step this week. Pictured are Terry Hutchings, Gordon Temby and Shire president Ian Earl.
Camera IconThe Margaret River Men's Shed took its next major step this week. Pictured are Terry Hutchings, Gordon Temby and Shire president Ian Earl. Credit: Warren Hately

The Margaret River Men’s Shed celebrated the start of construction at its new headquarters this week.

The multi-stage project received its building licence and work has started at the site, behind Station Road, in the Gloucester Park precinct.

Plans for the new shed were recently completed and approved, covering 930sqm and incorporating materials from the decommissioned water tower. The new base would include meeting facilities open to community groups, a commercial kitchen, and workshops.

Men’s Shed chairman Terry Hutchings said members were eager to shift into the new site due to limited space and restrictions at their temporary home within the Old Settlement.

“There was — and is — an overwhelming demand for the new shed and associated community facilities,” he said.

The Men’s Shed has more than 100 founding members, with 78 actively involved. “While we’re very pleased that construction of Stage 1 can now begin, the Men’s Shed is presently seeking substantially more funding to enable the new shed to be completed,” he said.

“Naturally, the new shed will enable us to continue assisting those in our community experiencing mental health issues arising from isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

“However, our main purpose to provide a facility to offer, share and expand woodworking plus other skills and activities remains our core focus,” Mr Hutchings said.

“The new shed will also allow us to grow our membership – including ladies – and expand our offering to the Margaret River community as a whole.”

Shire president Ian Earl was pleased to see the project make a start. “This is one of those very well-supported community initiatives that will benefit many people in our region,” he said.

“Congratulations to the stalwarts who have pushed for this over the past few years.”

Mr Hutchings thanked groups who had contributed to funding so far, as well as businesses who gave discounted or free support.

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