THE Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed is set to open after a two-year search for a home.
The Rotary Club of Karrinyup has been trying to establish a shed since late 2015 and steering committee member Peter Polain said they were about to give up when the City of Stirling identified a suitable property at the former Balcatta Kindergarten site on Jedda Road.
“While this property is not as large as we hoped, it is in a condition that will enable us to commence operating very quickly,” he said.
Council approved a 12-month lease to the club as a trial and Mr Polain hoped to show the shed was needed, especially as the closest group, Stirling Community Men’s Shed, had a waitlist for new members.
“Not only will the shed enable members to engage in hobbies and crafts, but it will be a meeting place for men to engage with other men with similar interests and outlook,” he said.
“It will also be an opportunity to engage in various community activities.”
It will initially offer woodworking, general hobbies and gardening activities.
The City received 31 submissions when it sought feedback from 160 nearby residents about establishment of the shed, with four objections.
Concerns raised included that it would “impact lack of quiet enjoyment due to increased noise” and had the “potential of attracting low social economic (sic) crowd and impact housing value”.
The City’s response said tools used would be similar to those in residential workshops and hours would be limited to 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays, and that leaving the site vacant created a higher risk of antisocial behaviour.
Mr Polain noted the objections were outweighed by letters of support but said they planned to keep respondents informed of their plans and address any concerns.
The shed welcomes men of all ages and is holding a forum at 6 Jedda Road, Balcatta on Monday, May 14 at 2pm.
It is also seeking donations for items including hand tools, small wood-working machines, dust extractors, safety equipment, pavers, work benches, storage shelves, boxes, gardening tools, office furniture, kitchen appliances and utensils.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/karrinyupmensshed.