The new Appin Men’s Shed will not be finished by December as hoped but the members are still working hard to get their new digs in top shape.
Secretary Ray Slee said the members were pleased with the progress to date and were excited to see the shed completed.
“The walls have been erected and we have completed 50 per cent of the electrical cabling, switches and lights,” he said.
“We still need to install the kitchen, showers, toilets, tiles and decorate the shed with furniture.
“Once inside is complete then the car park, driveway and landscaping will be finished.
“It will be another two months before we finish so hopefully everything will be completed by the end of January.”
Mr Slee said all members had worked hard each Wednesday to help complete the build.
“We have also used local tradespeople to do the technical work like install the stud walls.” he said.
“One of our members is still a certified electrician so he has been helping with the internal lights and switches.
“Even the guys who are physically disabled are doing what they can.
“Every single bloke is chipping in to help.”
Mr Slee said the build had only hit one snag. The stairs for the mezzanine were not complaint but they are being replaced by the builder.
“Hopefully there won’t be any more issues,” Mr Slee said.
The concrete slab for the new shed was poured in June and the construction of the shed took two weeks.
Mr Slee said the shed would be 30 metres by 15 metres with a barn-style roof.
“It will be a two-storey shed with the ground floor used to house the equipment and to do our work,” he said.
“The top floor will have a kitchen, lounge area and meeting room.
“We also want our war veterans to have a room where they can meet and chat and have a display.”
The group raised $220,000 through applying for grants and doing jobs for local organisations.
The shed received a $35,000 federal government grant as well as grants from Illawarra Coal, Veolia and the state government.
The members raised more than $70,000 on their own.
Mr Slee said the men’s shed aimed to improve the physical and mental health of men and encouraged all men in Wollondilly to join.
Details: Members meet Wednesdays from 9.30am at the tennis clubrooms in Sportsground Parade, Appin. Ray Slee, 0417 485 037.