Council provides a new home for Mortdale Men’s Shed

19/09/2017

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 Men’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 men’s health and wellbeing, the Mortdale Shed has operated for five years in a small, temporary, shared premises with the Riverwood Community Centre Shed.

 “Due to redevelopment of their current premises the Men’s Shed has been forced to find alternate accommodation,” said Council General Manager, Gail Connolly.

“Council was keen to help the organisation relocate, given the vital work they have been undertaking with our community since 2012,” 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.

 “Council’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 Men’s Shed,” she added.

Mortdale Men’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.

“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 we’ll be able to undertake more community projects including cooperating with local community centres to reduce social isolation of men,” explained Mr Lynch.

“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.

“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,” added Mr Lynch.

The property is expected to be available in early October, and the Men’s Shed will undertake any necessary repairs and maintenance to facilitate the effective use of the property.