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December 2013

SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL

 

First, on behalf of the President and Committee, I wish you all a very Joyous Christmas and a bright and Healthy New Year. 

GOOD NEWS TO END THE YEAR!

START DATE

The first is that we have a start date for the construction of our Shed. We have nominated the Tuesday 28th January, after the Australia Day long weekend, as commencement day.  This will of course be dependent on the availability of the various contractors, but we should be set to go!

Phil has worked extremely hard, with many, many hours of volunteer work, to get the plans certified. Some minor changes were required, mainly to meet the needs of wheel chairs.  These have been done.

A deposit of $5,885 has been paid to Clearspan for the provision of a kit. This releases Clearspan’s drawings to us which are then attached to our engineering drawings and sent to the Certifier. All this is in hand. (Because of the extras in our Shed, such as toilets, sinks, car parks, etc, we cannot simply use the manufacturer’s drawings!)

Our Bank account has been authorised for the larger payments that will be required during construction. We are set to go !

 

BUNDABERG REGIONAL COUNCIL INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGES 

It looks like our campaign with Bundaberg Regional Council, regarding their charges of $25,432.70 infrastructure fees, has finally paid off. BRC is introducing a new policy, which will take effect on 1st January. This new policy should not only help

Woodgate Men’s Shed Inc., but it will also help other not-for-profit organisations who find themselves in a similar position to us. This new Council policy should mean that we will not be paying these grossly unfair charges. We would like to think that it is because of the influence and determination shown by Woodgate Men’s Shed Inc, that this policy is being introduced.

In our efforts to achieve this outcome, we must pay particular tribute to our local councillor, Tony Ricciardi, and the Councillor responsible for Planning and Development Cr Ross Sommerfeld. Other Councillors, including the Mayor Mal Forman, also got behind this policy to steer it through Council.

The issues regarding the construction of the access road, etc, are still being investigated by the Council Engineers and we have been promised a reply early in the New Year.

It has been a long hard struggle. In early 2010 the local Woodgate RSL Sub Branch decided to get behind the concept of a Men’s Shed.  Approaches to Council led to nothing, so a public meeting was called for 19th July, 2011 to assess local interest in the proposal. This meeting in the park outside the Community Hall was chaired by the then Federal Member for Hinkler, Mr Paul Neville, and a Steering Committee was elected.

The Steering Committee continued along the winding and difficult path towards the building of a shed. A milestone was reached with the holding of our very first AGM on 12th February this year. In accordance with our “set of rules” a new Management Committee was elected, and from this date the official separation from the Woodgate RSL Sub Branch took effect. From this date Woodgate Men’s Shed Inc. became an independent and autonomous body.

For some of us, especially President Graham Black and myself as Secretary, who have been on the Committee from day 1, it has been a long and frustrating 4 years. The road has been rough at times, but at last we can all shout together:

 

LET’S BUILD A SHED !! 

MORE GOOD NEWS 

President Graham Black is in the throes of organising to pick up lining sheets for the Shed that have been donated to us. These mdf sheets are 3m long by 1200mm wide and we have been given 60 linear meters – this will go a long way  - it also weighs about 1.9 tonnes.

Once again the generosity of people to us has been amazing. It also shows the level of support there is in the wider community for the concept of men’s sheds. The donors will be publicly acknowledged at the appropriate time.


A REQUEST OF MEMBERS !

 

CALENDARS 

The Woodgate Camera Club’s Calendars are now on sale throughout the village. We also have a supply to sell.

These calendars are a great gift and every member should buy at least one to hang on the wall, or to give to a visitor.

They cost $10, and as we are the beneficiary this year we get half the proceeds. If all calendars are sold, this could return to us $5,000.  So go to it and support your Men’s Shed and the local Camera Club, by purchasing a gift that will last a whole year.

TO SELL SOME OF THE CALENDARS, WE WOULD LIKE SOME VOLUNTEERS TO SELL CALENDARS IN THE CARAVAN PARK ACROSS THE COMING FEW WEEKS.  PLEASE GET BACK TO ME IF YOU CAN SPARE AN HOUR FOR THIS TASK.  THE CALENDARS ARE NOT HARD TO SELL.

If you would prefer to phone, my number is 4126 5253

 

A community announcement from Bundaberg Regional Council 

BUNDABERG REGIONAL COUNCIL BUSHFIRE ALERT 

“While Council does as much as it can to prepare residents for disasters, it is up to individuals to take responsibility for their own actions. By doing some simple things around your house, like ensuring your property is clear of clutter and debris, by cleaning your roof gutters, you will help. Have an evacuation plan prepared, know what you are going to do with your pets.”

For further information on this issue visit: www.fire.qld.gov.au, or bundaberg.qld.gov.au/disaster

 

IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY – RING  000

DO NOT CONTACT WOODGATE MEN’S SHED !

 

AN APPROPRIATE JOKE TO FINISH OFF THE YEAR ON A BRIGHT NOTE

 (For us blokes anyway !!)


Two blokes are drinking in a bar.
One says: "Did you know that Lions have sex 10 to 15 times a night?"
"Aw shit," says his friend, "and I just joined Men's Shed."


 
President: Col Ensbey T: 4126 8679 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary: Greg Silverthorne T:  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer: Garry Leblang T: 0418 722 263 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.