Quinns Men’s Shed recycles material for Eglinton bench project

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Quinns Men’s Shed members and residents.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Quinns Men’s Shed members and residents.

THE Quinns Men’s Shed members have made two benches from recycled materials and installed them at an Eglinton park.

Allara Estate residents requested the benches, which have been installed at the hilltop Luminous Park.

“Residents will be able to sit back, relax and watch the ocean and sunset,” resident Lisa Casey said.

Shed member Dennis O’Brian designed a prototype bench and talked at a sundowner about what building the benches meant to the group.

“The project provided us with an opportunity to show to the public what we can do for them as well as mateship between guys and skills we’ve never learnt before,” he said.

The benches were built using largely recycled equipment, which took time to refurbish.

“We tried to recycle as much as possible, using quality old jarrah wood,” member Kim Young said.

Although the QMS now has 36 members, Mr O’Brian said they were on the verge on disbanding when they first reached out to Allara’s community team.

“Without their help I couldn’t have seen us continuing,” he said.

“There’s every chance we might have folded because we had nowhere to go.”

The benches were built out of vice president Roger Davies’s shed and although it provided some space he was eager to find something larger for the group.

“We are hoping for a new shed because realistically we need something bigger to continue serving the community like this,” he said.

Funded by Allara developers Satterley Property Group and LandCorp, one bench faces west towards the ocean and the other faces in towards the park.

The Quinns Men’s Shed are looking for a space to facilitate their next community project – call treasurer Fred Englebert on 0429 372 375.