Work on new Cockburn Central Men’s Shed begins


Community Services Minister Tony Simpson with Cockburn Rotary Club president Geoff Webb, Cockburn Men’s Shed chairman Mike Manning and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson with Cockburn Rotary Club president Geoff Webb, Cockburn Men’s Shed chairman Mike Manning and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.

WORK on the new men’s shed in Cockburn Central is underway.

The new $1.35 million facility will house the Cockburn Community Men’s Shed and a number of other community organisations, providing a variety of services to seniors, women, young people and people with disability.

Land for the building, which is being built on the corner of Buckley and Sullivan streets, was recently cleared while the ceremonial turning of the first sod was held on Tuesday.

Lotterywest has offered $484,000 to the build, with the City of Cockburn to cover the rest.

With the current men’s shed based at the old fire station in Wattleup, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett was excited about the potential of having one located centrally.

“It’s accessible in terms of public transport, it’s quite visible from North Lake Road and it’s central in terms of where people are coming from across Cockburn,” he said.

“This one is more centralised, which is an important thing.”

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the new hub would be an inclusive space where community members could gather socially, share knowledge, and learn new skills.

The building is expected to be finished in April2017.