Men’s machinery boost

Men’s machinery boost

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The Shed members Peter Thompson, Ken McKay, president Keith Steicke and Barry Lindsay with the donated machinery. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

As they say one man’s trash is another’s treasure and in this case it is a bunch of machinery donated by a local high school to the lads at a newly formed men’s shed. 

The men from The Shed, Harrisdale’s newest community men’s group, picked up the machinery from Southern River College last week, after the school decided it was better to donate it rather than it being stashed away gathering dust. 

Head of design and technology and manager of vocational education and training Teresa Stoncius said the machinery and equipment were not being used, with some being past their useful life and others needing some repair. 

“The equipment was made available to a number of other men’s sheds locally,” she said. 

“Harrisdale being new and starting up were very grateful for the opportunity to resurrect the older equipment to use in their new men’s shed. 

“We were exceptionally happy to give Harrisdale the opportunity to use the items that we were unable to utilise for our classes.” 

Shed president Keith Steicke said the donation has enabled the group to find their feet and begin operating just that little bit quicker. 

“We are still waiting on our incorporation to come through but we are hoping to open in about a month’s time,” he said.

“We will be holding a morning tea where people can come and we will show them around and we will have membership forms there if they are interested in joining.”

The group operates out of a private shed on Balannup Road owned by Harrisdale residents Ken and Aileen McKay, who wanted to give back to the community by donating the use of the asset. 

For more information about The Shed call Keith on 0402 405 177.