Carving out future

Southern River College principal Everal Pearse with Gosnells Woodturning Group Activ convenor Kevin Cheetham.
Southern River College principal Everal Pearse with Gosnells Woodturning Group Activ convenor Kevin Cheetham.

Acting convenor Kevin Cheetham said the group began operations in a small shed at Bennett�s Hardware near Gosnells railway station about 15 years ago.

Since then it had moved to Gosnells Community Centre and then the old Gosnells Family Hospital until it became transitional accommodation for refugees.

With a membership now numbering about 50 people, the group was desperate to find new digs.

�A small committee (was) out every day talking to councils and anybody that would listen,� Mr Cheetham said.

Eventually a meeting with Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt about four years ago led to a meeting with Southern River College principal Everal Pearse, who offered the school�s woodworking rooms.

Since then the group has offered workplace training to the school�s Woodwork, Design and Technology students, as well as carrying out its own member training and projects, until it faced the influx of about 400 year 7 students to the school.

�This meant that the space within which we were operating would be needed,� Mr Cheetham said.

�At that point we could have been told to look for other accommodation.

�Instead of that the College worked with us, overcoming many hurdles to create (this) magnificent workshop.�

The new space has a complete fit-out with lathes, bandsaws, grinders andspecialised woodturning tools and is full of Australian and exotic timbers, ready to be crafted.

New members are welcome.

Visit woodturnerswa.com/|index.php/groups/13-gosnells for contact details.