Tinkering with Shed’s future

David Savage (front) with members of the Midland Men’s Shed. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d413378
David Savage (front) with members of the Midland Men’s Shed. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d413378

Midland Men’s Shed president Dave Savage said he was happy for Bassendean members that the Town was prepared to look after the local men.

Bassendean Shed co-|ordinator Ted Lawrence said it had taken four years to get the promise but they were very happy with the result.

On December 17, the Town of Bassendean agreed in principle to approve the request to make the land at the Town’s depot in Scaddan Street available to the Bassendean’s Men’s Shed.

Mr Lawrence said the Lion’s Club of Bassendean and the Town would also have to agree to a lease arrangement for the Shed, but he was delighted with the council’s commitment.

He said it would be at least 18 months to two years before the Bassendean shed became available.

In the meantime, the 63 men who make up the Midland Men’s Shed still have nowhere to meet.

‘Our membership is growing every week,’ Mr Savage said.

‘We are still looking for premises, which need to be about 300sqm with power and water.

‘We have equipment that has been donated to us but for the men who would like to do woodwork, there is nowhere to work.’

Mr Savage said local Federal members Ken Wyatt and Christian Porter had given in-principle support to the group and promised to help try to find suitable premises.

The City of Swan has promised a long-term project at a Heritage-listed site in Swan View.

But that will not be available until 2016.

The project would include the Machinery Preservation Club of WA, Swan Wood Turners, Hand Tool Preservation Club of WA, WA Craft Bookbinders Guild, the CWA and Bicycles for Humanity, along with the Midland Men’s Shed.

The $5 million re-fit of the historically-listed building would enable all groups to meet in the local area permanently when it is completed.

‘We are delighted with this commitment from the City of Swan but we still need somewhere to meet for the next two years,’ Midland Shed Secretary and treasurer Kevin Buckland said.