WANNEROO Community Men’s Shed members are hoping they will have a new home by the end of the year after receiving a funding boost.
The shed currently operates from Daisy House in Girrawheen and Wanneroo’s Buckingham House, but wants to build a new facility on vacant land at the corner of Crisafulli Avenue and Leach Road in Wanneroo.
Lotterywest has provided $400,000 towards the $700,000 project and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles recently presented a cheque for $227,273 from the State Government’s Gaming Community Trust grants program, which is derived from unclaimed gaming or betting winnings.
Shed chairman Daniel O’Keefe said members had fundraised the remaining amount and hoped that “everything going well” they would move by the end of this year.
“We are keen to get out of here,” he said.
Mr O’Keefe described the current facilities as “very limited”.
The new facility would be three times larger than the existing combined workshops and better equipped for members’ work refurbishing donated computers to sell at a low cost to disadvantaged people and providing computer tutoring.
The group has applied to lease the land from the City of Wanneroo, which will be subject to a council decision and State Government approval before construction can start.