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Council provides a new home for Mortdale Men’s Shed

Posted 19 September 2017 by (Hurstville News)

Georges River Council is pleased to announce that the Council-owned property at 25 Cook Street, Mortdale is soon to be home to the Mortdale Menandrsquo;s Shed. The lease agreement will initially be for a period of three years, with a further two year option available. Initially established to support programs to improve menandrsquo;s health and wellbeing, the Mortdale Shed has operated for five years in a small, temporary, shared premises with the Riverwood Community Centre Shed. andnbsp;andldquo;Due to redevelopment of their current premises the Menandrsquo;s Shed has been forced to find alternate accommodation,andrdquo; said Council General Manager, Gail Connolly. andldquo;Council was keen to help the organisation relocate, given the vital work they have been undertaking with our community since 2012,andrdquo; said Ms Connolly. The property at 25 Cook Street, Mortdale was acquired by Council in April 2017, with a view to future expansion of the adjoining public car park. andnbsp;andldquo;Councilandrsquo;s draft Community Leasing Policy allows the rental for the site to be substantially reduced, in recognition of the significant community contribution made by the Menandrsquo;s Shed,andrdquo; she added. Mortdale Menandrsquo;s Shed member, Terry Lynch was highly positive about the move to Cook Street, which will enable the organisation to operate on more days and extend their membership. andldquo;We are constrained by the size of our current premises and the fact that we can only operate one day a week. Once in new premises weandrsquo;ll be able to undertake more community projects including cooperating with local community centres to reduce social isolation of men,andrdquo; explained Mr Lynch. andldquo;The new Shed will be able to participate with other organisations like St George Youth Services to help young adults improve their basic skills and find a place in society. andldquo;We participate actively in community programs by undertaking projects such as building billycarts for a local school, bird nesting boxes and native beehives for urban bush regeneration programs,andrdquo; added Mr Lynch. The property is expected to be available in early October, and the Menandrsquo;s Shed will undertake any necessary repairs and maintenance to facilitate the effective use of the property.