Trentham Men's Shed construction to begin in February

PREPARING: Stan Falloon on the excavator, preparing the site on which the Trentham Men's Shed will sit.
PREPARING: Stan Falloon on the excavator, preparing the site on which the Trentham Men's Shed will sit.

CONSTRUCTION is moving along on Trentham’s long-awaited Men’s Shed.

A Men’s Shed is a place for men to interact and participate in projects which will benefit their community.

Trentham Men’s Shed Committee received its licence for 55 Mulcahys Road from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in November.

Local fund raising provided more than $20,000, with $30,000 handed over from Trentham and District Bank and a $60,000 grant from the Victorian Government.

The committee obtained four quotes for the construction of the shed, before signing a contract with Apex Sheds in Ballan.

But works could not commence until a driveway was dug out.

Stan Falloon arranged for the utility locations to be mapped so works could go ahead safely, while Neville Smith checked the location of an earth line from a transformer-loaded power pole along the fence line with PowerCorp.

Meanwhile Hepburn Shire Council allowed for the design to be simplified.

In January, Billy McKnight delivered the special pipe and with help from Stan and Neville, the site had a driveway capable for trucks by the afternoon.

A few days later, the excavator arrived and Stan began clearing and levelling the site.

The Building Permit application for the site is still awaiting approval, while water, power and sewer connections also still need to be arranged.

Apex Sheds is manufacturing the materials for the Shed, with building work expected to begin in February.