Inclusive community Boat Shed opens at Coorong Quays

Now Open: David Basham and Rebekha Sharkie MPs cut the ribbon and declare the Boat Shed open, alongside Shed Manager Brian Shepherd. Photo: Supplied.
Now Open: David Basham and Rebekha Sharkie MPs cut the ribbon and declare the Boat Shed open, alongside Shed Manager Brian Shepherd. Photo: Supplied.

Locals are celebrating the launch of their very own community 'Boat Shed' at Coorong Quays, which will serve as an inclusive workshop space.

The launch comes after a year of planning and hard work by committee members and volunteers.

A community shed idea was first floated in early 2020 by the management of Coorong Quays when an empty shed at the marina site became available.

A committee was formed by residents, a membership drive was held and the wider community have since got behind the project, donating machinery, tools and equipment, plus a number of project boats to make the shed possible.

COVID-19 slowed work at the site, but detailed planning continued and the committee worked hard to ensure all physical upgrades and legal paperwork was carried out.

The Boat Shed is now a registered charity and has joined the Australian Men's Shed Association.

On Saturday, February 13, The Boat Shed celebrated its official opening with 45 people in attendance, including Rebekha Sharkie MP, David Basham MP and Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes.

The shed is now open on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9.30am and 4.00pm and on the first and third Saturday of each month between 9.30am and 4.00pm.

Located in the caravan compound at Tolarno Drive, Coorong Quays Marina, the Boat Shed is a membership based community shed open to both men and women.

It is a fully equipped workshop space to share, disseminate and preserve a wide range of skills, abilities and other interests that benefit members and the wider community.

While is maintains a special interest in boats, members can bring along their own projects and develop friendships and work with experienced trades people or work on shed projects, one of which is a trailerable yacht.

For more info, phone John Phillips on: 0419 841 670.