AFTER six long years, Midland Men’s Shed has finally signed an agreement with the City of Swan to use the Midvale Clubrooms in Swan Avenue as its base.
Bellevue Baptist Church Hall had let the men meet in the church building for the past six years but no one had expected it to take this long to find a home.
East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden attended the signing after working with the men to find the new home.
Men’s Shed president Dave Savage said Mrs Hayden and Swan councillor Daniel Parasiliti had worked hard to help the men find their own premises.
“She has backed us 100 per cent and Daniel is one of the few on council that has backed us,” he said.
Mr Savage said Midland MLA Michelle Roberts had also supported them.
However, the move is a temporary one; with more than 90 members and growing, the group will outgrow its premises and a permanent home is needed.
The Midvale licence is for two years with the option of a one-year extension.
Mrs Hayden said Cr Parasiliti, who is also a member of the Midland Men’s Shed, “raised the issue with me initially about them needing a home”.
“I have been working closely with the president and secretary of the Midland Men’s Shed, identifying locations for a permanent home,” she said.
“I am disappointed it has taken so long to find a home. It may be the only Men’s Shed without a shed.
“I set up a deadline before Christmas, and we have just scraped in with an interim solution being found.”
Mrs Hayden said Premier Colin Barnett might be able to commit to a permanent home soon.
“The benefits will enable them to undertake more community projects that will engage all ages from around the region,” she said.
The Square Dance Association of WA and Callers Association of WA have surrendered space to make the “workshop space” available.
The Swan Districts Homing Club and the Swan Progressive Axemen’s Association have also agreed to accommodate the requirements of the men’s shed.