Men's Shed is up and running at Streaky Bay

MEN'S SHED: Phillipe Foster, Allan Tivy, Sandy Johnson, Jim Petty and Phill Renfrey have been involved in starting the Streaky Bay Men's Shed. Picture: Supplied
MEN'S SHED: Phillipe Foster, Allan Tivy, Sandy Johnson, Jim Petty and Phill Renfrey have been involved in starting the Streaky Bay Men's Shed. Picture: Supplied

The Streaky Bay Men’s Shed will have a home for the next 12 months following the District Council of Streaky Bay’s decision to allow the group to use the old Streaky Bay Bowling Club as from July.

Shed committee members provided a deputation for the council at the April meeting, outlining the activities and goals of the men’s shed, as well as seeking use of the vacant bowls club for a year.

The shed was established late last year, with about one meeting per month as organisers gauged interest within the community and how to move ahead.

President Phill Renfrey said it has been a “positive” period, with about 14 people at each meeting and a core of eight to 10.

“It has been extremely positive, things are going ahead quite well, thanks to the help of committee, especially Wayne Miller our secretary,” he said.

“There are new members who turn up regularly, ones who are saying they would be interested in coming along once everything is established.

“Right now we are trying to establish a basic business plan and a format on where we go from here, and seeing things we need like basics from a kettle to machinery.”

Mr Renfrey said the council’s approval to use the old bowls club was “an ideal stepping point” as the shed was being established.

“This gives us a fantastic setup, a place we can move ahead from and a place to call home, and members know there will be a a regular place to visit so they could leave projects there if they like, for example,” he said.

“There are a few members who would like to start a small garden and others who just want to come along for mateship, and the bowls club and surrounds offers the best potential for the long term.

“Thanks to the council for their help with this to see the shed progress.”

Mr Renfrey said the formalities of establishing the shed were completed and there would be further discussions with the council at the end of the period.

He said it would be an important year for the shed and it would be used to grow the group within the community.

“So far we haven’t had premises of our own so planning of projects was difficult, but that can now happen moving forward,” Mr Renfrey said.

“Our main aim is to establish a permanent home, as well as how to finance it – we know there are grants available, but we don’t want to just rely on that, which we feel is very important.

“Now that we have a permanent home we can put things in motion.”