After four years of planning, land acquisition, grant applications and solid community fundraising the Murramarang Men’s Shed (MMS) of Bawley Point/Kioloa are ready to commence the building of their long awaited premises, their men’s shed.
The final icing on the cake to the building project was attained on the November 24 when MMS president Col Mason and public officer Allan Baptist OAM were given a $30,000 cheque from the Veolia Mulwarree Trust.
The successful grant will allow the group to complete the building of an 18 metre by 18 metre Men’s Shed on land leased from Shoalhaven City Council at Bawley Point.
The cheque was awarded by Veolia Trustees John Reynolds and Goulburn Mulwaree mayor Bob Kirk at a special presentation event held in Goulburn.
The even saw 15 recipients of grants across the region receive funding for a variety of community projects.
Trustee John Reynolds praised the Murramarang Men’s Shed group for their business plan and applauded the group for their tenacity in continuing to reapply, over several years, until they were successful.
Mr Reynolds offered his advice to all future applicants that if they were not successful the first time, to try, try again.
MMS has now been successful in gaining a total $130,000 comprising of $70,000 through grants, $40,000 through donations and $20,000 loan to lease of a 1 hectare block of land owned by Shoalhaven City Council.
“Our shed project has already proven to be powerful in the way it has gathered together many of our community men and women to work together,” Mr Mason said.
“Lending their individual professional skills to the plannning, designing and fundraising.
“However we could not have achieved our goal had it not been for the generous grants, funding and community support.”
A rural shed kit will arrive in December on site at Bawley Point and the building is expected to be completed by February 2017.
“You’ll hear the cheers of achievement and feel the glow of community pride all the way up the coast as soon as the last girder has been placed,” Mr Mason said.
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