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Leschenault Men’s Shed Unveils New Facilities

Leschenault Men’s Shed Unveils New Facilities
08 Mar 2024

The Leschenault Men’s Shed has officially cut the ribbon at their new facility, capping off a long-term expansion project that will help them support more people.

The Leschenault Men’s Shed has officially cut the ribbon at their new facility, capping off a long-term expansion project that will help them support more people.

The revamped site has an extra 420sqm shed, a presentation room, two new bathrooms including an accessible toilet and ACROD parking bays. It is also the new home of Australind Lions Club, which will organise future community activities at the site.

The Shire of Harvey contributed $60,000 to the new upgrades, as well as adjusting the property lease so the Men’s Shed could have more outdoor space to store their saw mill and timber.

This support joined $50,000 earned from fundraising activities, a $50,000 election commitment from Member for Collie-Preston Jodie Hanns MLA and a $366,878 grant from Lotterywest.

The Shire and the Leschenault Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade also donated logs.

Shire of Harvey Councillors and staff joined the Men’s Shed at their opening ceremony on Friday, 8 March to view the new amenities and meet with Men’s Shed members.

Shire of Harvey President Michelle Campbell said supporting the Leschenault Men’s Shed expansion was a priority project outlined in the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan.

“The Leschenault Men's Shed plays a key role in our plans for an age-friendly Harvey Region,” Shire President said.

“When the Shire heard the previous building size was limiting the great work they do, we jumped on board to support the expansion – and I am delighted to see it finished.”

“I want to thank Lotterywest, Jodie Hanns MLA and the wider community for throwing their support behind this project.”

Leschenault Men’s Shed President Paul Fonck said the finished expansion meant the group could open its doors to more people.

“We now have improved facilities for people with mobility challenges and we have dedicated space for special guests to present on important topics like cancer and pensioner entitlements,” Mr Fonck said.

“We’re ready to grow in size, help more people and produce more wood craft.”

Jodie Hanns MLA said she was proud to support the expansion project.

"The Leschenault Men’s Shed members have embraced the opportunity to expand their facility to provide a welcoming community space for people looking to share their hobbies, friendship and their genuine desire to give back to the community."

"I’m proud to support this fantastic project on behalf of the Cook Labor Government which also gives the very hardworking Australind Lions Club a place to call home.”