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Milling Demo & BBQ Event
On a scorching hot day, January 21st, 2023, where the temperature rose to 41C in Gidgegannup, our talented Milling Team demonstrated their skills to showcase the Hardwood Timber Mill to the local community, Men’s Shed of WA, Rotary WA and members of GMS. The 50 plus crowd who gathered in the shade of the verandah of the Shed enjoyed a BBQ breakfast of sausages, eggs and bacon. A jarrah log was loaded onto the milling platform, stabilised and levelled before a demonstration on slicing and quarter sawing techniques. Thank you to our milling team and members who were involved in orchestrating such a successful day.
Milling Activity Saturday 18 February
The Hardwood Timber Mill was put to good use sawing some nice timber. The logs didn’t survive the Wooroloo Bushfire and were left on the roadside in Tilden Park. The City of Swan were happy for us to put them to good use – recycling/carbon storage.
Shed Development Stakeholder Engagement
The first stakeholder engagement meeting conducted by the City of Swan (CoS) was held February 9th 2023 to discuss this proposal.
Many attendees at the initial stakeholder meeting, requested GMS to re-engage with the CoS to seek the community’s preferred option for GMS to be granted permission to build the new shed in the SE corner of the Showground, in the area of old tennis courts and adjacent bushland. Attendees explained that they knew that the SE corner bush area was previously cleared and that a lot of the current coverage was in fact regrowth.
At the time of writing, GMS is engaged with the CoS in order to clarify what steps can be taken to gain approval for this site.
Volunteer WA Service Award
Gidgegannup Men’s Shed was presented with a volunteer service award from the State Govt, at the Gidgegannup Wellbeing Expo on Saturday 18th March by Rebecca Talbot from Mens Shed of WA. Well done to all our members for your significant efforts.
Visit to Hanson Quarry
On Friday 31st March several GMS committee & team leads were hosted at Hanson’s Red Hill quarry, by David Kraima (Quarry Mgr), Damon Case (Development Mgr), and Paul (Technical Mgr). The Hanson team welcomed us in their meeting room and presented an overview of their Red Hill quarry operations, in which they mine 1 million tonne per annum predominately (grey) granite, but also several intrusions of the harder (brown/black) dolerite, which combined produces 1/6th of Perth’s blue metal products demand (railway ballast rock, blue metal screened to different sizings, and crusher dust fines). Hanson’s Red Hill Quarry is on a 2,000acre (808 ha) property between Toodyay, Burgess and Neuman roads. To minimise impact on nearby residents, their quarrying is conducted during daytime only (10hrs), with maintenance conducted overnight. All surface plant (conveyors, plate jaw crusher, cyclone crusher, grading screens prior to stockpiles) are enclosed within metal sheds/structures for dust and noise suppression. Their quarry is close to Toodyay Rd, and will gradually extend west towards (but not over) the scarp. They have agreed to limit the potential further Western extension to ensure their quarry won’t be visibly open to the coastal plain. The site includes a couple of substantial dams providing water (50k ltr / day) for their dust suppression water trucks. Blasting is typically done once per week. They have approx 50 employees, mostly delivery truck drivers, with a small (~10?) site-based staff. They’ve a fleet of three 65tn CAT haulpaks, when we were onsite, two haulpaks were carting the quarried rocks to the 500t/hr crusher, then conveyored to the further processing plant. They currently forecast a further 20yr mine life.
Following the overview presentation, we were taken on a site tour, during which we stopped at a vantage point overlooking the quarry.
All very interesting – finally peeking into their site after driving past their gate for the last 40yrs!
On return to their site office, Quarry Manager David Kraima presented GMS with a significant stock of Makita battery hand tools. These were an agreed list of tools, including two sets of drills, blowers, routers, planers, circular saws, sanders, jigsaws, all specifically chosen by GMS to equip our expanding carpentry workshop.With three additional carpentry work benches being added to our shed, Hanson’s tool donation will allow more members to work in parallel – a much needed capacity expansion.
We are very grateful for this donation from a local corporate operation and look forward to continuing to work with the Hanson team as we go forward with our new shed plans.
Family Fun Day for Eastern Hills Region of Volunteer Fire Fighters
100 people (coming and going throughout the afternoon) from across all of the
Volunteer Fire Brigades in the Eastern Hills region, together with volunteers
from Gidgegannup Men’s Shed, Parkerville Community Care, Gidgegannup CWA and
Gidgegannup Community Church, came together at Percy Cullen Oval, Gidgegannup
on Sunday 21 May, 2023 to enjoy a Family based games day as part of National
Volunteers Week. The weather co-operated beautifully and allowed those in
attendance to enjoy a range of games, such as Jenga, Chess, Connect Four, Ring
toss, Cornhole Toss and Tug-of-War. There was also a quiz for those not
wanting to do the more physical activities, as well as painting, crafts and
face painting for the children. With plenty of snacks, barbecue foods,
salads, fruit platters and cupcakes available, participants appeared happy to
be either playing the games, or gathering in groups talking to each other and
enjoying the sunshine. .At the end of the afternoon, people commented on how
good it was to talk to other volunteer firefighting groups they would not
necessarily have much contact with, as well as getting to know members of the
other community groups in attendance. Our sincere thanks go to Volunteers WA
and Lotterywest for their support in funding this event, as well as to Bendigo
Bank for the funding they provided for prizes which were much appreciated by
participants. Vouchers from Gidge Rural and Chidlow Café were also
A huge “Thank You” to all the volunteers, those who helped make this day a success, as well as to all the other volunteers in our community who work tirelessly to make life easier – or even just more interesting – for everyone around them.
GMS Celebrate 2nd Anniversary
GMS celebrated our 2nd Anniversary on Saturday 24 June with a 3-course lunch at the Gidgegannup Hall. A great team effort involved to make this event a success. Well done everyone! Bruce Williams, our president, paid tribute to the ongoing success of GMS at a members’ meeting prior to the celebration lunch. GMS was established following the Wooroloo Bushfire in 2021 with a small group of local men and has grown to about 90 members, male and female, with a diversity of activities. Bruce praised the efforts of everyone for their contribution. We should also acknowledge the leadership and huge contribution Bruce has provided to our organisation.
The Australian Woodworker Magazine Article
The Australian Woodworker Magazine showcases the activities of Woodworking Clubs and Men’s Shed across the country, in their Club Drumbeat section. The May/June 2023 Issue No. 229 features Gidgegannup Men’s Shed.
Here is a link to the article: The Australian Woodworker Magazine Issue May/June 2023
Fencing Day at Tilden Park
A successful event using our new fencing trailer (made by our metalwork team) and toolkit donated by WA Rotary Relief. Seventy-five meters of chain-link mesh was installed to replace fire-damaged fencing. Derek Baxter from WA Farm Shop was onsite to lend a hand with a crew of eager volunteers organised by Peter Dyce. A BBQ lunch of beef, bacon and egg burgers was provided.