EXPANSION PLANS: Ballina Men’s Shed team leader Graham Eggins at the site of the new shed on Fishery Creek Rd, West Ballina.
EXPANSION PLANS: Ballina Men’s Shed team leader Graham Eggins at the site of the new shed on Fishery Creek Rd, West Ballina. Rebecca Lollback

Shed-ding costly fees

AN important community organisation, the Ballina Men's Shed, has asked the council to waive development fees of more than $62,000.

The fees relate to developer contributions, inspection fees, professional fees and application fees and compliance levies.

Ballina Men's Shed has approval to build a new 40m by 20m shed on council-owned land on Fishery Creek Rd, West Ballina.

But team leader Graham Eggins said the developer fees totalled more than $62,000 - and that's on top of the $275,000 in capital costs they need to raise.

"It's a lot of money for us," he said.

"We've been working really hard on a number of fundraising projects but it would help a lot if the council could waive the fees.

"It is council-owned land, so we are really just improving their asset.

"There's already a house on the land.

"It is being lived in currently but it won't be when we have finished building the shed, so it could be argued that there won't be an increase in the use of water or anything like that.

"This new shed is a really important project for this community.

"It's a really worthwhile cause, so we hope the councillors will get behind it."

The councillors will make a decision on whether to waive the fees at tomorrow's council meeting.

Mr Eggins said the Ballina Men's Shed would officially launch its relocation and expansion project next month.

He urged the community to support them in their fundraising efforts.

"We've also been applying for government grants and trying lots of other different avenues," he said.

"This is a big project, so we are going to be working really hard."

Members have been holding regular sausage sizzles at Bunnings, they held a successful monster garage sale and have a contract to make 50 Indian myna traps for Ballina Shire Council.

Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Ballina Community Men's Shed can phone Mr Eggins on 0416 004 013.



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