Crossley men get their shed

TWO years ago Mick Lane and a few friends were fixing the roof of the St Brigid’s Hall in Crossley.

Climbing down and looking up at the job they’d done, it occurred to him they needed to get a roof of their own. 

They weren’t after anything as big as a church — all they needed was a shed to keep the tools. 

This week their wish was granted. 

“Men talk better shoulder-to-shoulder. You’ve got to be doing a working bee,” the Crossley men’s shed member explained.

Mr Lane and the other 20 members have been on the lookout for a space for their new workshop where they can craft wood or bend metal.

“We plan to have the new shed built where the old school was,” Mr Lane said.

“It’s going to have a new workshop and office space.”

Work will likely begin next year after blueprints get the council planning all-clear.

At the moment the group of mostly retired men meet in the St Brigid’s Hall — but with other groups also using the venue there’s little space to use or keep tools.

South West Coast MP and Premier Denis Napthine pledged $60,000 from the government towards the $109,000 project. The remaining $49,000 required for the project will come from the club and other sources.

Friends of St Brigid’s chairman Dennis Bushell said the new shed would add to the historical precinct.

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