Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bateau Bay Men's Shed was an idea proposed by Colleen Cooper who was an employee of ADSSI.
There was a building they had built at the rear of Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre that had become too small for their needs so it was just sitting vacant. She put the proposal to John Sharples & mentioned there was a $30,000 grant up for grabs. John couldn't believe his luck & jumped at the chance to start a shed in this area. He gathered together some other interested men & set the wheels in motion in June 2009. The initial members were John Sharples, Nigel Stretton, Barrie Mitchell, Kevin Armstrong, John Innis, David Boulton, Allen Booth. Kim Hopkins & of course Colleen Cooper.
Being our 10th year of successful operation the administration thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge these guys efforts in starting a men's facility which now has a membership of over 90 men. It was decided to offer all members a spit roast meal in the Community Centre function hall which 56 accepted. Also invited was Colin Hession (ADSSI), Colleen Cooper (Central Coast Health), John Sharples (representing AMSA), David Mehan MP for the Entrance. ADSSI also made a very generous donation of a $200 gift card which was much appreciated.
  On behalf of all members we would like to thank these Foundation Members for their dedication in setting up the shed & introducing a wide range of policies, thus making transitions & change in administration as easy & smooth as possible.

 Our Foundation Members

And with their appreciation awards
Left to right  John Innis John Sharples Colleen Cooper Kevin Armstrong 
Barrie Mitchell Nigel Stretton

Colleen Cooper our Shed Goddess
Our President with Colin Hesson from ADSSI
David Mehan Re-elected State MP for the Entrance
 Our invited guests were first to be served

Some of the members in for their chop

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