Gosnells Men’s Shed extension finally completed


Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire with Men’s Shed vice president Geoff Wiltshire.
Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire with Men’s Shed vice president Geoff Wiltshire.

AFTER seven months of toil, Gosnells Men’s Shed’s long-awaited extension is finally ready.

Last October, the Men’s Shed purchased an old, transportable classroom previously used in Yalgoo as a pre-primary centre.

The building is estimated to be 40 to 50 years old and was in poor condition when it arrived, but some hard work from volunteers has transformed it into over 100sq m of space for both old and new activities.

Men’s Shed vice chairman Geoff Wiltshire said the refurbishment was the biggest project members had attempted and its completion gave them a sense of ownership.

“We had reached the stage in late 2015 where the shed badly needed extra space to enable greater participation in several very popular activities and the best way to achieve more room seemed to be the transportable option,” he said.

“It is estimated the shed members volunteered about 6000 hours in total on the major refurbishment.

“Many members have skills which were useful in the refurbishment process and enabled the cost to be contained to a reasonable level.”

Mr Wiltshire said the new room would allow them to host community events such as seminars and presentations.

“Such events had previously been held in the shed workshop,” he said.

“This aspect is an important function of the shed in addition to the simple benefits of belonging and contributing to the local community.”

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