Men’s Shed move hinges on special council meeting

Following a special council meeting, Canning Men''s Shed will not move into Centenary Pavilion in Wilson. Picture: David Baylis. d492897.
Following a special council meeting, Canning Men''s Shed will not move into Centenary Pavilion in Wilson. Picture: David Baylis. d492897.

A NEW headquarters for Canning Men’s Shed could be confirmed tonight but already members are pleading with local authorities for more space.

Shedders have endured a nervous wait since last Tuesday’s Canning Council meeting after councillors put on hold a decision about handing over part of Centenary Park’s southern shed to the group.

A special meeting tonight will debate a recommendation to approve a two-year lease, with a further three-year option, for half of the shed.

The remaining space is expected to be set aside for Canning Lions Club to use for storage.

Men’s Shed secretary Ian Ross last week told councillors the offer was greatly appreciated, given the lease at Riverton Baptist Church ends June 30.

However, he said the 90sq m space offered was not big enough to house machinery and their ever-increasing membership, as well as the need for a presentation room for talks.

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Mr Ross asked council to investigate whether it was possible for the Lions Club to continue using the former Canning Bowling and Recreation Club site in the interim, which would give the Men’s Shed the entire space at Centenary Park.

However, Lions Club president Christine Walker told the Canning Times that was not the preferred option of the group.

“We have been waiting for a long time and we’ve been accommodating. It’s not viable to stay at two premises,” she said.

Mr Ross said the Men’s Shed considered Centenary Park a temporary base and would continue searching for a more permanent location that could cater for their needs.