FALCON Men’s Shed members have invited City of Mandurah councillors to morning tea to “see how we all fit into a Mini Minor.”
The members, many of whom packed the gallery at last night’s council meeting, told the council the current shed at Falcon Family Centre was far too small and asked for a time to discuss a business plan.
John Ellery said Falcon Men’s Shed was a place where men gathered to work with wood and most importantly, overcome social isolation.
But the 6 x 9 metre shed was now overcrowded after membership has tripled over the last two years.
He said there was a need for security of tenure before they could plan for the future.
The preferred option was to stay at Falcon Family Centre either building a second shed, expanding the existing shed or replacing the current shed with a new one.
He said expansion would be simply a matter of removing a fence.
Mr Ellery said machinery took up most of the shed space and work had to be carried out on the veranda.
“We would also like to be able to provide a kitchen, wash room and meeting room,’’ he said.
He said there would be no impact on council finances and the group would organise its own fundraising.
“It’s a win-win situation,’’ he said.
“We are not imposing on the council, just asking to use more of the area where we are currently located.”