Cummins shed could open soon

ONE STEP CLOSER: Cummins Men's Shed Steering Committee members Greg Hurrell and Chris Jones are presented with the $50,000 cheque by Cummins District Community Bank branch manager Braden Gale.
ONE STEP CLOSER: Cummins Men's Shed Steering Committee members Greg Hurrell and Chris Jones are presented with the $50,000 cheque by Cummins District Community Bank branch manager Braden Gale.

Cummins Men’s Shed members could soon be sanding wood and welding metal at their yet to be finalised Railway Terrace location after receiving a $50,000 grant.

Cummins Men’s Shed Steering Committee member Robbie Slater said the Cummins District Community Bank announced the grant in mid September to help the shed men with set up costs, and that members could move into the shed in November.

Mr Slater said the committee had about $120,000 to put towards costs, and would need another $20,000 which would allow the shed to fund the development of toilet and shower facilities and to rewire the electrical cables in the building. 

I like to think we would be in there by early to mid November.

Robbie Slater

“We’re hoping to get a bit (of money) from somewhere to get started...I like to think we would be in there by early to mid November,” Mr Slater said.

Unfortunately for the men, the committee was unable to secure a grant from the Australian Men’s Shed Association to help with set up costs, however Mr Slater said the committee had applied for a $20,000 federal government grant. 

“Another $20,000 to get us over the line and up to speed and safe,” Mr Slater said.

Cummins District Community Bank branch manager Braden Gale said the bank decided to help fund the project in conjunction with the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council, who gave a $55,000 grant, as the Men’s Shed committee had been diligently working on the project for years.

He said the committee had a “momentum and drive” behind them and the bank wanted to support the shed to reduce social isolation in the community.

Mr Slater said lease documents were being prepared by the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council who would be purchasing the building.