New home for Grovedale Men’s Shed

A community
shed and garden will be developed in the Armstrong Creek West precinct, subject
to community consultation and further site analysis.

Council has
agreed to provide in-principle support for the development at Sovereign DriveSports Reserve, after carrying out preliminary
planning work to find a new home for the Grovedale Men’s Shed group.

Community
consultation for the new Social Infrastructure Plan 2020 identified an unmet
demand for ‘maker spaces’ that are affordable and accessible in Greater
Geelong. The City has found sufficient community need for a community shed and
garden. The proposed site should have the capacity to accommodate a range of
groups including the Grovedale Men’s Shed program, which has 30 members and is
one of 14 men’s sheds in the region.

The sporting
reserve site was found to be the most viable option, based on this consultation
and the need to accommodate other community activities on the site in the
future. The proposal is to collocate a community garden alongside the proposed
community shed. This is in response to some recent interest from the local
community in establishing a community garden in the local area.

The City will
now be looking for local community members who have an interest in being part
of a new community shed and garden in Armstrong Creek West/Mount Dunned to work
with council looking at future options for its design and ongoing management.

Council has
referred the matter to the 2020-2021 budget process for consideration.

Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor

The Grovedale Men’s Shed keeps older men active and connected,
whilst doing great work in the community helping others.

Council will consider the development during the upcoming budget
process.

Councillor Bruce Harwood – Kardinia ward

This is terrific news for the Grovedale Men’s Shed, which has been
meeting at temporary sites over the years. This grassroots group gives local
men a chance to come together, connect and develop skills. The program does
fantastic things for mental health, as many of the men are retired or on their
own.

The community garden is also an important component of this potential
site and has come about following interest from nearby residents.

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