Yanchep men’s shed appeals for bigger premises

Malcolm Gow (right) with Yanchep Community Men's Shed members. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d493078
Malcolm Gow (right) with Yanchep Community Men's Shed members. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d493078

YANCHEP Community Men’s Shed is appealing for funds to buy a bigger premises.

The group rents a warehouse in Yanchep’s light industrial area but chairman Malcolm Gow said it was too small to accommodate all members.

Mr Gow said the shed was also paying $280 a week for its existing premises, so had been unable to save money it generates from selling products members make, including cray pots and pallet furniture.

“The existing workshop is totally undersized for members to work in a safe environment,” he said.

“Many of our 35 members are not attending, even though we have got a number of projects for the community, including a school, and a local cafe, but not enough work space to complete with a larger number of members.

“We have been trying to obtain land from the City of Wanneroo and developers, but to no avail at the moment, and no offers for the future.

“However a property is on the commercial market which is an ideal size for our workshop.”

Men’s shed hopes to receive funding to buy a permanent home in this hardware store.

Mr Gow said the site would also have space for a meeting room that the Yanchep Two Rocks RSL, Lions club and men’s shed members could use, making it a community facility.

He said they had approached the City of Wanneroo, Pearce MHR Christian Porter, Labor candidate Kim Travers, Butler MLA John Quigley, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lotterywest and another 11 groups for funds or grants.

Mr Gow said so far noone had made a financial offer, and they were running out of time to secure the site.

“This opportunity is unique as the owner has offered it at very substantial discount as he wants the Yanchep Community Men’s Shed (YCMS) to have it, as long as we can stick to his tight timetable,” he said.

“It is therefore disappointing that we have had no positive responses, even though the expansion of the YCMS to these premises, will provide an essential facility for the men of Yanchep and surrounds to help with their welfare.”

Mr Gow said the RSL would also be able to set up an advocacy office and have space to display memorabilia collected over the past 42 years.

Visit yanchep.mensshedswa.org.au for more information.

Mr Gow said the site could accommodate several community groups.