THE new Armadale Community Men’s Shed, which provides a local place for men to meet and get involved in hands-on projects, has somewhere to call home thanks to the support of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).
MRA Chief Executive Officer Kieran Kinsella said a two-bedroom cottage on the corner of Tudor Road and Green Avenue in Armadale was made available to the Men’s Shed on a short term lease until a more permanent home could be secured.
“This property is in an ideal location, across from the Armadale train station and close to the town centre, and will enable this new branch of the Men’s Shed to commence operations,” Mr Kinsella said.
“The MRA has signed a six month lease with the group, with an option for a further six months extension, and will also assist with some bills and property maintenance.”
The house, grounds and fruit trees on the 1500sqm block will be maintained by the group with the help of a $3,000 grant from Armadale Rotary and $1,100 raised at a recent sausage sizzle at the Masters Home Improvement store in Forrestdale.
Armadale Community Men’s Shed committee member Trevor Stobart thanked the MRA for the opportunity to lease the property and acknowledged the support of Masters who will also help with paint and hardware supplies for the cottage.
“Our group is for men from all walks of life – those who are retired, have been made redundant or simply seek an alternative to sitting at home - and we encourage more local men to come down and get involved,” Mr Stobart said.
“In addition to recruiting new members and setting up our premises, we will be working over the coming weeks to build partnerships with local businesses, schools and community groups to help them restore furniture or manufacture specialist equipment.”
The MRA is continuing to drive a program of urban renewal for Armadale that will help meet the needs of the local community and provide new business and residential accommodation for Perth’s growing South East Metropolitan Region.
Mr Kinsella said with the increasing investment in the Armadale region, the Men’s Shed lease was one small way in which the MRA could support the local community during the redevelopment process.
“This is a win-win proposition - the Men’s Shed will assist with looking after the MRA property in return for using the premises as their Armadale base.”
ABOUT THE MEN’S SHED
The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture.
Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle.
You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and a few life tips from the men they work with. The Men’s Sheds provide a comfortable area where men can sit and talk and share a cuppa, learn to cook for themselves or learn how to use a computer to contact their families. Most importantly, becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find a sense of productivity, emotional support and maintaining an active body and mind in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.
The Armadale Community Men's Shed (Inc.) is currently working with the City of Armadale to secure a permanent home. For information on how to become a member of the Men's Shed contact Ian Stevenson on 9390 9963.