Men’s shed gets council site lease


Bayswater Community Men’s Shed vice-president Tony Green at the site of the new shed in Bayswater. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Bayswater Community Men’s Shed vice-president Tony Green at the site of the new shed in Bayswater. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare

Bayswater Community Men’s Shed, which became incorporated last October, will move into half of a 680sq m shed at the back of the City ranger and security site on the corner of Raymond Avenue and King Street in Bayswater.

The shed now stores the City’s surplus or damaged stock.

The council also approved $133,000 worth of modification works including parking, an entrance way, exit door, partial ceiling replacement and the installation of a disabled ramp and disability-friendly toilet.

The men’s shed will pay for equipment, materials and electricity.

Bayswater Community Men’s Shed vice-president Tony Green said the approval of the site and works were “extremely positive”, but there was a lot of work to do before the group opened the doors in about three months.

He said a basic woodworking area would be installed and the group would now host a meeting with its 40 financial members to decide what else they wanted in the shed.

Mr Green said the group wanted to set up a revenue stream to pay back the City for its donation.

He said the shed would be an important place for retired men to spend time with their peers.

At a council meeting held last week, Councillor Terry Kenyon said it was exciting that the City would have its first men’s shed.

But Cr Chris Cornish questioned the selection of the site, which was originally selected because it was thought to be the cheapest option of four potential sites due to it utilising an existing shed.

He suggested Bedford Bowling Club as a better location.

Cr Cornish also said he was concerned about the Bayswater Community Men’s Shed being viable because two Bassendean -based men’s sheds were at different stages of development.

But Mr Green said men’s sheds were the fastest-growing movement in Australia and the Raymond Avenue location was the best choice.

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