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By Melissa Keogh
Men of Macclesfield will be able to put
their handyman skills and backyard
tools to good use as the town is set to
open its first men’s shed later this year.
Men of all ages will be able to work on
carpentry, arts and crafts, mechanical and
general tinkering projects in the shed, which
will join more than 100 of its kind across the
Established under the Australian Men’s
Shed Association, the new community group
will offer a space for men – often retirees –
to obtain new skills, socialise and work on
The town’s Uniting Church first spotted the
need for a men’s shed in Macclesfied three
years ago, however, the idea never developed.
That was until local man Ken Smith got
wind of the concept and brought it to life.
Mr Smith said men’s sheds were becoming
increasingly popular across the country, as
they offered members a chance to “get out of
the house and have a chat”.
“There’s not a lot of places where men can
go because not all men want to go down to the
pub to unwind,” he said.
“I’ve been to another men’s shed whose
members told me the most important part of
the group was the lunch room because that’s
where the communication takes place.
“Men’s sheds are also great places for men
to be reminded about men’s health issues or
check-ups, and we’ll probably run a number
of workshops on different things.”
The men’s shed will be located at the
Macclesfield oval and has already gained
20 members, whose first project will involve
erecting the shed itself.
“We have to switch the power on and the
cement floor has to be laid, so there’s a lot to
do,” Mr Smith said.
“But we already have a list of projects to get
stuck into, including putting up the shed and
making a wooden boat.”
The group is also likely to become involved
in many local projects, as men’s sheds are
renowned for constructing toys for charity
and repairing community infrastructure.
The men’s shed has already had the nod
from the Federal Government after receiving
a $7000 grant as part of a national shed
The Mt Barker Council has also shown its
support and will soon award the group with
a $3000 community grant to go towards a
cement floor and other materials.
Mr Smith said the shed would welcome
men of all ages and from all towns – not just
He thanked the Macclesfield Uniting
Church, Mt Barker Council and the town
oval’s recreation committee for their support
in establishing the shed.
Macclesfield Men’s Shed chairman Ken Smith, front, and members Chris Mobbs, left, Trevor
Pugh, Alex Bennett and Adrian Van Eyk are looking forward to the opening of the shed over the
next couple of weeks.
By Melissa Keogh
Mt Barker councillors have
raised concerns over the new
one-hour parking limit at Aldi
and along Gawler Street.
South Ward Councillor Roger
Irvine asked last week’s council
meeting whether the limit at both
locations could be extended to two
hours, after hearing a number of
complaints from residents.
Cr Irvine said the Gawler Street
and Aldi carpark limits allowed
insufficient time for people to shop
or visit medical surgeries and
hairdressers – tasks which can
take longer than one hour.
“If you’re an old person like me,
you could get booked just walking
back to the car,” he said.
“A two-hour park would be
Cr Carol Bailey said she too
had heard complaints from locals,
particularly elderly residents who
attend the town’s RSL.
She said people were often
forced to find a two-hour park
in Mt Barker Central Shopping
Centre, near Coles, causing extra
“Can some pass be extended to
those who are decrepit?” she said.
General manager of council
services Greg Parker told the
meeting that Gawler Street had
been restricted to a one hour limit
for the past 10 years.
Time limit slashed
However, the Aldi carpark had
only been one-hour for the past few
months following a decision by the
landowner and Aldi management
to slash the time limit.
“The Aldi carpark for one hour is
at the discretion of the owner, it’s
their decision,” he said.
“The owner was influenced by
Aldi as a new tenant and they
came up with one hour.”
Mr Parker said if the Aldi carpark
time limit was to be increased, the
council would have to “lobby” the
landowner and Aldi management.
Parking time cut
A Salisbury North man
has been arrested over a
crash involving two point-
to-point speed cameras on
the freeway near Mt Barker
The crash happened just
after 5.30am on Monday,
April 4, destroying a sedan and
causing significant damage to
one of the cameras.
The driver had left the scene
before police and emergency
He was tracked down the
following day and charged
with driving without due care,
failing to truly answer, making
a false report to police and
disobeying a driver direction.
The 40-year-old was not
injured in the crash.
He was given bail and ordered
to appear in the Mt Barker
Magistrates Court in June.
Arrest over camera damage
ONE HOUR LIMIT
Vodafone is appealing an
Adelaide Hills Council Devel-
opment Assessment Panel
decision to knock back plans
for a 30m high communica-
tions tower in Bridgewater.
The panel rejected the com-
pany’s joint application with
Optus last month, saying the
development did not “preserve
the small scale atmosphere
and attractive character and
amenity of Bridgewater” or
enhance the town’s character.
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