More space needed for Elermore Vale men 

ELERMORE Vale Men's Shed has become so popular it has asked the Newcastle City Council to extend its site.

Last year the shed started as a place for men to have a cuppa and a chat while doing odd jobs.

It has grown to 32 members.

They do a variety of work, from garden maintenance to the construction of decks, fixing well-loved children's toys and making the occasional present for their wives.

They work with other men's sheds, community groups and older people who need a hand with odd jobs.

As the group grows and demand for its services increases - it is fully booked until the new year - so has the need for more space.

Last month the organisation asked the Newcastle City Council to investigate the possibility of allowing it to extend on to vacant council land adjacent to its site.

The group's site, with its two sheds and a number of small gardens, is near the Elermore Vale Community Centre, which is owned by the council.

The council will make a decision on the proposal by the end of the month.

Group chairman Dave Corbett was confident the council would approve the proposal.

Mr Corbett said the extra space would make the world of difference to the group, its growing membership and ongoing community work.

"If we are able to extend we can put a shipping container on the other site for extra storage, equipment and materials," he said.

"We have outgrown these sheds and are really chasing for more space."

■ For more information or to join the Elermore Vale Men's Shed phone 4951 4651.

GROWING: The Elermore Vale Men's Shed group wants to expand to meet the increased demand for membership.

GROWING: The Elermore Vale Men's Shed group wants to expand to meet the increased demand for membership.