Shed sites ‘no good’

Sites suggested by Bayswater city council as a home for a men’s shed have been described as “unsatisfactory” by coordinator Jim Chantry.

A council report earmarks Maylands Autumn Centre, the pre-primary schools of Morley, West Morley and Embleton and the migrant centre on Guildford Road.

Mr Chantry, who is helping the council establish the shed and is the former secretary of Men’s Shed Association WA, says the sites are impractical, “due to the proximity of residential housing and lack of parking available”.

“Planers and sanders can generate a lot of noise and become annoying for people close by,” he says. “Secondly, a garage in the rear of an existing building has insufficient room for a workshop/storage area for more than a couple of blokes at a time.”

Mr Chantry says a shed should be located where men can readily access it and where it can become part of their community: “A men’s shed provides a place for men to meet in a relaxed atmosphere, be creative and learn new skills.”

Council voted to review the site list with stakeholders and investigate funding with Lotterywest and the Australian Men’s Sheds Association.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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