Kersbrook Community Shed meets funding target

Kersbrook Community Shed committee Kev Brealey, Leo Rovelli, John Beauchamp, Robin Bodycomb, Helen Beauchamp and Burt Fillmore on site.
Kersbrook Community Shed committee Kev Brealey, Leo Rovelli, John Beauchamp, Robin Bodycomb, Helen Beauchamp and Burt Fillmore on site.

A soon to be built multi-purpose shed in Kersbrook is expected to fulfill the needs of the community and those living in nearby towns.

Dubbed the Kersbrook Community Shed and carrying the motto of ‘supporting our community” the significant piece of infrastructure is set to provide a space for not only men, yet women, to support their hobbies and passions.

For a steering committee of Kersbrook men and one woman, the shed’s presence, on a section of the town’s Soldiers Memorial Park, will signify many hours of planning and fundraising, and a few sleepless nights.

Treasurer Robin Bodycomb shared how the shed idea was instigated through grant money made available following the Sampson Fire, three years ago.

The committee learned that funds were available to communities affected by the bushfire because statistics suggest suicide occurs in older men following a significant event.

What followed was an enthusiastic committee forming with the idea to build a shed to not only service men’s health, but to provide space to women, and further support nearby communities, including Williamstown and Gumeracha.

The $7000 grant on offer through the CFS was soon achieved by the group and was then matched with a $7000 Adelaide Hills Council grant.

Knowing the committee would need to raise about $100,000 to realise the shed they also set to hunting down further grant money and initiate their own fundraisers.

Believing “all their pigeons had come home to roost”, according to Mr Bodycomb lost sleep was the result of losing their original deposit to a shed company which went into receivership.

Yet the group’s optimistic spirit was not dampened as they set about seeking further grants which were later realised through avenues, including Veterans Affairs which supports men’s sheds, the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the Natural Disaster Relief Program.

The committee also thank the generosity of the Mount Pleasant Men’s Shed who generously donated $500 when they discovered the group has lost their original shed deposit.

On top of this, two major fundraisers run by members included Burt Fillmore managing a barbecue each Saturday at the town’s bus shelter, next to the hall, selling sausage sizzled snags to passerbys.

Plus, Leo Rovelli and friends worked to cut and split wood which has sold far and wide.

Last Friday the committee was further thrilled to be handed a cheque for $20,000 from Newland MP Tony Kenyon which now means the shed will be built and a concrete floor poured.

The 18m by 9m by 3m shed and matching the colour of the nearby clubrooms will include an internal sub division wall to mark both a clean and working areas.

The committee will open the shed to a variety of needs which complement nearby men’s shed, including the recently opened MPMS at Talunga Park.

“We think it’s silly to have sheds nearby which offer the same thing like wood work when we can have something different like lead lighting,” Kev Brealey said.

“It will be up to the community to decide,” he added.

While the latest handout has meant plenty of cheers, the committee is further thrilled with donations of equipment for the shed. 

Currently, plans for the structure await final approval from the Adelaide Hills Council.

You can follow Kersbrook Community Shed’s progress by following their Facebook page.