With reference to the problems being encountered by Kyneton Men's Shed, what a tragedy that the worth of an institution so well supported is not recognised as being of great value to the community.
Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group is also desperately looking for somewhere to build, and like the Men's Shed is at a loss that council seems unable to assist when there is land known to be available in the area which would suit both groups.
The piece in the February 28 Midland Express, 'Is a hub setup the solution?' rings so true for WLCG. How wonderful would it be to have other volunteer groups situated in close proximity?
One wonders why "Council is not in a position to gift land" when a very suitable site could well be the acreage in Ebden Street (cnr with Latrobe Street), which has recently had its reserve status removed.
With cooperation between the DEWLP and Macedon Ranges Shire Council, this Crown Land could be made into a beautiful public area with access to not only a respite guesthouse for those living with dementia, but also the Men's Shed and a community hall which could be used by U3A and other similar 'older persons' groups and still leave an area for public gardens and parkland to be developed, possibly by those same volunteers.
We know that gifting is possible; it's been done in the past through 25-year leases with peppercorn rents.
Is this such a ridiculous 'pipe dream'? We are supposed to live in a democracy, but the bureaucrats seem to want to listen only to the big dollar developers. How about a bit of humanitarian insight for a change? They speak blithely of the health and wellbeing of older Australians, but put up barriers when those older Australians try to do something to help their peers.