PLANS to expand The Tractor Museum WA (Inc) at Whiteman Park have started, with the museum signing a new lease which could see it stay at the park for another 20 years.
The museum, which currently has more than 20 members and more than 80 tractors and bits of machinery on display, is looking for younger members to join and help take it into the future.
Ron Waterhouse joined the museum in 2009 and has since seen many of the members age or die.
He said the average age of most of the remaining members was 80 and he was hoping some younger members would help the museum reach its potential, with plans to double its size and include an outdoor display area.
“The museum is now in a position where new developments are afoot, but unfortunately some of the members are beyond physical work,” he said.
“We urgently need new members to help out in any work capacity and enjoy the social aspect of being a member.”
Mr Waterhouse said members took part in fixing up old tractors and machinery and looking after existing models on the museum floor. He said anyone interested in old machinery and having a social gathering each week would benefit.
“Anyone is able to become a member; all you need is an interest in machinery and building but we also have positions in the library and as newsletter editor,” he said.
“There’s a great atmosphere and good for socialising.
“We recently refurbished our amenities area, which is a great place for people to socialise.
“Membership is open to anyone interested and is not discriminatory in any way – the only formal requirement is that those who wish to drive tractors in the tractor parades must have a C Class driver’s license.”
Members meet weekly on Wednesdays.
People who work full-time but are interested may be able to arrange to work on the weekend.
The museum is open on Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
People interested in becoming a member can contact Mr Waterhouse on 0487 678 109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.