Our President, Ian Raper, organised a meeting between HSC Councillor Robert Browne, the Federal Member for Berowra Julian Leeser MP and the Committee on 2nd May 2017, at the Shed.
He was given a tour of the Shed, including a demonstration of the new dust collection system in action. He met many of the members and spoke to them about their current Shed projects.
This was followed by a meeting of the Committee with Robert and Julian on a number of topics.
- A brief history of the formation and development of the Shed from its humble beginnings as a small woodworking club in 2001 to a well-managed organisation that it is today of 164 combined male and female members.
- The (in our opinion inappropriate) delegation of government funding to the Australian Men’s Shed Association.
- A medium and long-term view of our Shed’s accommodation, including the extension of the current lease term at Sefton Road that expires in 2021 and the prospect of eventually building our own workshop on Council land with enough space for a larger shed, parking and other facilities that will meet our needs for the foreseeable future.
Matt Keen, Local Member for Hornsby in the NSW State Parliament visited our Shed on Tuesday 11th April to inspect the new Centralised Dust Collection system. As our local member, Matt assisted the Shed in obtaining the Community Grant of $18,000.00 towards the cost of the Dust Collection System. Thank you Matt for your help.