Progress Report - Ken Wheeler January 2023
Work began on planning our new shed almost immediately after inception of the organisation in June 2021. Committee members visited other sheds to get ideas, membership application forms ask for interest areas, and two surveys of members sought information on activity ideas.
We soon had an offer of a 5,000M2 block from the WA Planning Commission on the corner of Toodyay Road and Reen Road. Considerable planning and architectural work were done to make this site a viable option. While this location is still being pursued, there are some obstructions causing issues including Bushfire Assessment Levels, considerable earthworks, and political and stakeholder resistance.
Toward the end of 2021 we obtained use of the Ian Stannard Pavilion at the Gidgegannup showgrounds. This has provided an interim solution for our shed, but we have long outgrown it as our membership increases.
More recently discussions have been progressing with the Asset department at the City of Swan to identify an appropriate site for the new shed, most likely at the Gidgegannup showgrounds. In addition, a shed design group, that includes the activity team leaders, has worked on developing an internal equipment layout suitable for our needs. When a preliminary design is finalised, it will be presented to members for comment and suggestions.
We thank the following individuals and organisations for their input to this process.
Greg Coffee – GMS member and Architectural Designer
Committee members, team leaders, and members of GMS
City of Swan
WA Rotary Relief
WA Planning Commission
Bushfire Safety Consulting
AT Brine and Sons
Borrell Rafferty Associates
Fast Track Approvals