AFTER a six-year battle to find a publicly-owned space for a permanent shed site, Nambucca Valley Men’s Shed has finally found a solution and funding.
On Thursday night Nambucca Shire Council voted in favour of contributing $40,000 towards the purchase of a block of land in the Macksville Industrial Estate.
Together with a generous top-up from the Nambucca Valley Community Services Board, shed manager Stuart Holmes said it was now guaranteed the shed would never face the spectre of having to close its doors again.
“There have been so many close calls and the blokes have been pretty despondent over the last 12 months,” Mr Holmes said.
“It’s wonderful to be able to take this good news to them.
“There will definitely be a few celebrations this week.”
Mr Holmes said he was very grateful for the support of the council, which also voted to donate $2890 to cover Section 94 contributions and construction fees.
The council’s general manger, Michael Coulter, said the council’s contribution would help secure the purchase of the industrial land.
“This is a pretty good helping hand which will get them over the line,” Mr Coulter said.
“There is, however, still a lot of work to do. The block itself costs $116,000 plus there are legal costs.
“This is certainly a hit to our working funds but it is a worthy contribution and we wish the Men’s Shed the best of luck.”
Mr Holmes said the shed’s auspicing body, the Nambucca Valley Community Services, had secured $52,000 for the actual shed from the NSW Premier’s Office as part of the Federal Government’s community infrastructure stimulus package.
“Our auspicing body has realised our need and gone to enormous lengths to support us for the long-term public good,” Mr Holmes said.
“They have also generously offered to top up the government grant with enough funds for us to fit the shed out with all the necessary gear. It will now be quite a substantive facility.”
Mr Holmes said once the shed was relocated and relieved of paying expensive monthly rent, there would be time to get involved in more projects and offer more services.
One of the shed’s current projects is working on restorations for the Macksville Historical Society and Museum.