Gosnells Men’s Shed building on success with expansion plans

Gosnells Men’s Shed building on success with expansion plans

THE Gosnells Community Men’s Shed is hoping to expand its accommodation to meet the growing number of members.

The shed has been using the Lewis Homestead for activities but with membership and attendance growing, the shed needs to upgrade its space.

Vice-chairman Geoff Wiltshire said membership was almost at 200 after it formed in 2012.

As a result, the shed proposed to build a meeting room using a former transportable school room

The City of Gosnells agreed at the February 14 council meeting to install the transportable room at the site and recommended the application to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) for approval.

The site is expected to be used for existing music groups, model making, art and drawing, photography, local and family history, motor torque as well as health forums and exercise groups.

Mr Wiltshire said they had funded the room with assistance from local groups including the City of Gosnells, Department of Veterans Affairs, Lotterywest, the Stronger Communities Program, Bendigo Bank and local Rotary clubs.

“It will help the growth in members and members interest in non workshop activities,” he said.

“The Lewis Homestead doesn’t have a room big enough for up to 30 people.

“It will allow more members to attend popular activities.”

The WAPC must now approve the building and the shed is hoping to have it installed in March.

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, the WAPC had 60 days to consider the application from the date it was received from the City.

The Gosnells Men’s Shed is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm, with some afternoon sessions.

Men of all ages can get involved on 9398 4064.