In 2012 an interest was shown in the development of a Mount Pleasant Mens Shed, instigated by Bob Long; a place where people, but men in particular, could meet and socialise, and with an equipped shed, be able to conduct a hobby such as wood-working.
Barossa Council has now agreed to the site at Old Talunga Park, adjacent to the Bowling Club and Tennis/Netball Clubs. Work has been carried out at this site, clearing vegetation and assessing just what the site can offer, and it has now had fill put in place ready for consolidation over the winter period.
The group of men involved are keen and energetic and have been raising funds ready for the building of a shed and provision of equipment, in order to have a regular meeting place.
In the process of planning a shed they have dismantled two, harvested forest timber and milled over 3,000 metres of timber into suitable sizing to build their 21m x 12m shed. Their aim was to have in place a slab at Old Talunga Park within the 2014-2015 year, ready for the construction of a large shed for future use by the community, however the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly… they have continued their fundraising, whilst continuing discussions with Barossa Council with regard to their support, in a similar manner to the support given to the Barossa Mens Shed at Tanunda (which the council supported with $23,000 in funding). Barossa Council have now agreed to support funding of $23,000 for the Mount Pleasant Mens Shed Inc.
In the meantime there have been excellent sales of cut wood as firewood – good hardwood, delivered and stacked. They have carried out jobs for the Kindergarten and private residents, whilst working for the community collecting donations at the Farmers Market gate, and conducting a stall at the Mount Pleasant Show and the Christmas Street Party. They have carried out restoration work at Rockleigh School… funded by the Mid-Murray Council, and this continued to end of June 2015. The second stage of the work at Rockleigh School project is now complete, at least for the actual school building, and it is hoped that this will have good community use in the future. The group are more than willing to consider any job… nothing too big or too small.
Top honours were received at the Mount Pleasant Street Party for 2015, with the winning entry in the Parade being the Trojan Horse, created and built by John Bowd, on behalf of the Mens Shed. Coming in third was the Quirky Shed… It was decided to transport the Trojan Horse to the Lobethal Christmas Pageant… and the winner is… you guessed it… Mount Pleasant Mens Shed… With over 40 floats in the parade this was a great effort, and earnt the Shed $250 in prize money!!!
Finally an agreement was made with The Barossa Council to build the Mens Shed at Old Talunga Park and once this was signed the group finally had access to the block of land on which they wished to build.