Strathalbyn Woodshed receives funding support

Community pride: Strathalbyn ward councillor Rex Keily AM and mayor Keith Parkes present Frank Chapman, Shaun Singleton and Eric March of the Strathalbyn Woodshed with a Community Donation. Photo: Supplied.
Community pride: Strathalbyn ward councillor Rex Keily AM and mayor Keith Parkes present Frank Chapman, Shaun Singleton and Eric March of the Strathalbyn Woodshed with a Community Donation. Photo: Supplied.

The Strathalbyn Woodshed has received $1000 to support its important community work, as part of Alexandrina Council's Community Donations Program.

The Woodshed's management committee was successful in applying for funding and were presented with the donation by Strathalbyn ward councillor Rex Keily AM and mayor Keith Parkes on June 29.

Since moving into a new premises about two years ago, the Strathalbyn Woodshed has continued to bolster its membership base and grown its reputation as an inclusive organisation, with a diverse group of both male and female members, spanning generations.

Currently, the group maintains over 65 active members who get together to improve and develop their crafting abilities, while enjoying a fun, social atmosphere.

Strathalbyn Woodshed treasurer Shaun Singleton said the community donation would now be put towards a laptop computer, to be used exclusively by woodshed members as part of the group's activities.

Woodshed president Eric March said the group's members were appreciative of the council support.

"Council established the shed in 2003 and has nurtured the organisation since then, contributing significant funds to help build the new shed," Mr March said.

The Woodshed is continuing to welcome new members and no skill or experience is needed to get involved.

Mr March spoke encouragingly of the opportunities available to new members.

"We have trade qualified members and many skilled hobbyists, who are very willing to show people techniques and help wherever necessary," Mr March said.

As part of its role within the region, the Alexandrina Council encourages and assists a wide range of organisations and events that provide support to the wider community.

Each year, an amount of public money is budgeted to undertake this support through initiatives including the Community Donations Program.

This assistance may be either financial, in-kind (services, equipment or goods) or a mixture of both.

Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes said he was supportive of the woodshed group and recognised the benefits it brings to its members.

"The Strathalbyn Woodshed is a fantastic example of a local community group opening its doors to attract a diverse range of people who can learn new skills, hone their crafts and socialise in an environment that is creative, inclusive and inspiring," Mr Parkes said.

"On behalf of council, we are proud of the work they do and trust this community donation will help."

Information about Alexandrina Council Community Donations and Grants Programs can be found at: www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/grants