The Sandy Point Community Men’s Shed (SPCMS) project is continuing to move forward. We are an incorporated entity with a formalised committee structure, ABN, bank account and 40+ (and growing) members. We are an accredited member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA), which gives us access to their guides and services. We hold regular monthly meetings (7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month) at the SP Community Hall.
We, together with Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club (WBSLSC), now have final draft lease agreements with DEWLP to use the block in Sandy Point next to the Fire Station as the site for our shed. This will be a joint facility which will also house a new Marine Rescue vessel for Shallow Inlet/Waratah Bay. Marine Rescue Victoria have confirmed the award of a grant to Waratah Beach Surf Rescue Club to build the Shed at Sandy Point to house the new and larger Rescue Boat.
The shed will also house the Sandy Point Community Men’s Shed. The MRV Grant will provide the initial funding for the site preparation and construction of the shed to lock up stage. A further grant from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to SPCMS for the interior fitout of the shed.
Latest News: December 2017
Despite the lack of physical work on site there has been plenty of activity behind the scenes with progress on the major issues facing the development of the joint facility shed. There is now final agreement on the structure of the leases between the Foreshore Committee and the Men’s Shed Group and Surf Life Saving Club. Having our lease in place will then permit the release of the fitout grant funds to us. These are expected to be in our account early in 2018 and will enable the group to cover some of the initial administrative costs associated with project.
The Planning approval documentation is close to final submission to Council. This has followed a number of iterations of the plans that corrected layout errors and followed a formal survey of the site. The Men’s Shed Group are extremely grateful for the work done by MGS Architects in preparing the planning documents. Below is a conceptual drawing showing what we might expect to see in coming months.
It is anticipated that a working bee will be arranged soon to do some preliminary tidying of the site in anticipation of work commencing. Volunteers will be most welcome.
If you are interested in joining the group (male or female), please complete the membership form attached below and help the Sandy Point Community Men’s Shed continue to grow. Membership is just $25 a year. Please either scan and return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Sandy Point Community Men’s Shed, c/- Post Office, Sandy Point, Victoria 3959.
As more news comes to hand we will keep you posted.
Phil Cornwell Secretary (SPCMS)
Download the membership form (PDF, 820 KB)