Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed welcomes members to new Balcatta site

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin, City of Stirling community development director Trevor Holland and Balcatta MLA David Michael with Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed members Tony Strickland and Ross Daniel.
Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin, City of Stirling community development director Trevor Holland and Balcatta MLA David Michael with Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed members Tony Strickland and Ross Daniel.

KARRINYUP Community Men’s Shed held its inaugural AGM to celebrate the official opening of its new site in Balcatta.

The Rotary Club of Karrinyup had been looking for a site for a new men’s shed since late 2015 because neighbouring sheds had waitlists to join.

Karrinyup Rotary and the City of Stirling chose an old kindergarten on Jedda Road, Balcatta.

The premises has now been fit out with woodworking machines, a gardening area, books, computers and communal spaces.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin shared a sausage sizzle and refreshments with members to celebrate the occasion.

“Council is extremely supportive of initiatives that provide an opportunity for the community to share skills and knowledge,” he said.

“As well as the important social and health benefits.

Shed chairman and Rotary Karrinyup director Peter Polain said he was extremely proud of the new site and was excited for what it could become.

“The skills you learn here are transferable,” he said.

“All of these guys are so happy. It’s so good for mental health.”

Funding for the shed has come mainly from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.

The shed has also had two federal grants approved for the purchase of tools and machinery.

“The shed will always welcome new faces,” Mr Polain said.

“Men’s sheds are flexible, you can do all types of projects and activities.

“We would really welcome younger guys.”

Members said they would love the opportunity to engage with younger men and impart some of their wisdom, while providing a positive space for men who need some more community engagement.

To get involved, call secretary Tony Strickland on 0400 504 144.