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Copa Men’s Shed... It’s Getting Closer!

A report from Mike Mitchelmore

After receiving development consent last August and holding the ground-breaking ceremony at the site in September, we were eagerly looking forward to seeing work on the shed start. Unfortunately, there have been several hold-ups.

One problem was the 26 consent conditions (ranging from including fire extinguishers in the plans to commissioning a full-scale acoustic report) that had to be satisfied before construction could start. Council is still dealing with the last 3 conditions, so we are almost there.

But the biggest problem was and remains the matter of funding. Although we have now received a total of $151,180 from the State Government (some of which has gone on those reports I mentioned), Council has refused to allow us to start construction until we have “100% funding”.

Our estimate is that, with all the extra impositions, we will require a further $50-60,000 to build and fit out the shed to the point where we can begin operating as intended. We have accordingly commenced a major fund-raising effort locally. It was Copacabana’s support that won us the My Community Project funding, and we are confident that the community will stand behind us now.

Stone Real Estate & George Brand Real Estate have already both become sponsors, and we are looking forward to other local firms coming
on board.

In addition, we will shortly be launching a GoFundMe campaign targeted at individual donors – look out for this.

To learn more about our plans and progress, please visit copamensshed.org.au and email me at any time with your comments or queries.

Mike Mitchelmore, Coordinator

Copacabana Community Men’s Shed

coordinator@copamensshed.org.au

Copacabana Community Men’s Shed: Development Application for approval Tuesday 1 September 2020

The Development Application to build the new Copacabana Community Men’s Shed behind the RFS station (see artist’s impression left) finally went before the Central Coast Local Planning Panel on August 6. 

 

The assessors’ report was very positive, including statements that the shed ‘will promote high levels of on street activity [but] not disrupt the established main-street development patterns of this traditional strip-shopping village’; ‘maintains the streetscape appearance and informal qualities of the scenic quality on the site and the surrounding natural vegetation’ and ‘is centrally located and will provide a much-needed permanent base for the Copacabana Men’s Shed group who have worked over a number of years to find a permanent location’. In summary, the shed ‘is considered a good planning outcome for the site’.

The shed workshop will be allowed to operate between 8.30am and 3.30pm weekdays, but we don’t expect to go beyond 12.30pm and initially only on one day a week. At that time, children will be at school and the skate park should be empty. The social area may be used until 10.00pm, but only when the workshop is closed and only to approved community groups like a book club. No alcohol may be consumed on the premises, and strict conditions will be put in place to avoid any disturbance to the neighbours.

 

As usual, there are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled (more reports and plans!), which will add to the cost and the delay. However, we can now anticipate starting construction within the next two or three months. 

 

We still need to raise substantial funds to complete the project, and we shall be actively exploring more sources of grants and sponsorship as well as donations of building materials from local businesses. If you feel able to help in this respect, please contact me on 0435 609 606 or email me at coordinator@copamensshed.org.au. We do have the facility to accept tax deductible donations.  

 

I would be happy to provide more details to anyone who is interested. 

 

Mike Mitchelmore, Shed Coordinator

Copacabana Men’s Shed Update

 

In September 2019, it was announced that the Copacabana Community Men’s Shed Incorporated had been awarded a My Community Project grant of $130,000 to enable a new shed to be erected. CCMSI received the grant because it was the most popular community project in the Terrigal electorate. The group thanks all who voted for them. 

As you will see from the artist’s impression, the building has been designed to look more aesthetically pleasing than a regular shed. The design employs a novel roof structure that follows the slope of the land (behind the RFS station).

 

Construction of the shed will commence as soon as possible after the Development Application - which was submitted in August 2019 - is approved by Council.

 

It is hoped that the shed can be erected by July 2020.

Members will be recruited as soon as the shed is built. Their first job will be to help fit out the shed to create a pleasant social area as well as a mezzanine area to store materials. An application will shortly be submitted to Council for a Community Infrastructure Grant to cover this extra work.

For further information, please contact Mike Mitchelmore on 0435 609 606 or coordinator@copamensshed.org.au