City of Melville’s eight-year search for men’s shed site to continue

The Bicton Men’s Shed could relocate to Bob Gordon Reserve as part of planned upgrades to the Bull Creek site. Picture: Bryce Luff
The Bicton Men’s Shed could relocate to Bob Gordon Reserve as part of planned upgrades to the Bull Creek site. Picture: Bryce Luff

THE ongoing search for a new men’s shed site in the City of Melville will continue, with councillors chasing new options.

A report put forward by Melville’s neighbourhood development manager Leanne Hartill recommended Bob Gordon Reserve be investigated as a new home for the Bicton Men’s Shed.

The Bull Creek park was preferred after being weighed up against multiple locations including Kardinya Hall, the Piney Lakes Environment Centre and Bill Ellson Reserve.

The facility would be considered among a $4 million revamp of the reserve that will include play areas for kids, exercise areas for the community, barbecue facilities and space for food vans.

But Melville council deferred making a call at its monthly meeting Tuesday night so further sites could be put into the mix.

Councillor Nicole Robins initially requested a new report outlining five sites for the new build, along with advantages, disadvantages and costs for each.

Ms Hartill said a stack of work had already been done.

“We’ve spent about eight years scouring the City for suitable site so (with any additional sites), we’d like them to be identified by council,” she said.

Ms Robins said she was “a little bit frustrated the council hasn’t been involved in the process of coming up with the sites”.

“We’re given one option and it’s yes or no,” she said.

“I appreciate the table that was included in the agenda with a few boxes ticked but I’d just like some detailed explanation of the advantages and disadvantages.”

In the end the item was deferred until an elected member information session in August.

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