Men’s shed secures lease

Bassendean Community Men's Shed.
Bassendean Community Men's Shed.

THE Bassendean Community Men’s Shed have locked in a 20-year lease at its first permanent shed.

After waiting 11 years for a permanent home, the members will soon move into the shed on May Holman Drive once they sign the lease with the Town of Bassendean.

Construction of the Town-owned shed will finish by the end of this month.

Bassendean councillors voted 5-2 to approve the five-year lease with options for another four five-year terms at their December 17 meeting.

Mayor Renee McLennan and Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton voted against it.

The men’s shed will pay a peppercorn lease of $1 a year, pay for maintenance items up to $1000 with a cap of $2500 a year, and allow other users to hire out a recreational space at the shed.

Men’s shed secretary Clive Brown said it was great to be granted the lease after campaigning for 11 years for a shed.

“There were a lot of disappointments along the way, but we have got there now,” he said.

“More and more men are joining the shed and since it has been under construction an increasing number have indicated they intend to join.

“The very first project will be to set the internals up…this will involve moving in our lathes and other machinery, work benches and the like.”

The Bassendean Men’s Shed site before construction. Picture: David Baylis.

Mr Brown thanked the council, men’s shed members, the community and Lotterywest for making the shed project happen.

“Our shed wants to continue to be known as a welcoming place; a place where all members and guests are made to feel comfortable,” he said.

“We want to continue to keep our membership fees low so money is not a barrier to membership.

“This means we will continue to undertake work to raise the funds necessary to operate the shed.”

Cr McLennan said while she supported the men’s shed, she wanted to have a shorter lease agreement, similar to Bayswater and Vincent sheds which have five and two year leases.

“Us going straight away to what is essentially a 20-year-lease is probably a bit premature,” she said.

“I would be supportive of us having a shorter lease term so we could figure out how the men’s shed are coping and how it is working for the Town of Bassendean.“It is clear that the business case needs a bit more work.”

Cr John Gangell said there was potential to have a tree-lined area with shade trees and barbecues at the back of the shed.

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