The State Government and Sunshine Coast Council are currently discussing issues of funding and transfer of ownership in a plan to use to a former forestry barracks in Mapleton for a new Men’s Shed facility.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said he had been working with the Men’s Shed, Cr Greg Rogerson and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, to secure the site on the disused Mapleton Forestry Workshop and Barracks.
“The number of Men’s Sheds in the Sunshine Coast region has grown exponentially over the last few years thanks to the great work they do in supporting men in our community,” Mr Powell said.
“There are already a number of Men’s Sheds in the electorate of Glass House and I was happy to assist the Mapleton Men’s Shed so that we can continue to spread their good work around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
“I have discussed the plan with Minister McVeigh, and his Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has approached the Sunshine Coast Council about the potential to transfer the former forestry barracks to the council.
“As a result of the former Labor Government’s shut-down of our regional forestry industry, many assets, including the barracks at Mapleton, were left to rot.
“To get the building up to scratch and suitable for use as a Men’s Shed will require considerable work and cost, and this issue needs to be worked through with the Sunshine Coast Council.
“I will also continue discussions with the Minister and Cr Rogerson regarding transfer of title and how this might best be achieved and I look forward to a positive outcome which will benefit our Hinterland community.”
ENDS- 20 March 2014