A STUNNING new shed and facilities were officially opened on November 21, at the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Mayor Peta Pinson, member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and dignitaries from the Birpai Land Council were joined my community members and indigenous school students to officially open the Birpai Land Council Community and Men’s Shed.
The new shed features many amenities, a workshop, a large meeting room and other features that were previously a luxury – such as hot water.
The building was supported with an $85,000 Community Development Grant from the government.
David Carroll, CEO of Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, said it had been a long time coming.
"It's been a long time in the making and started well before I came on board,” he said.
“It has been in use since August but it was great to have an official opening today. The old shed is now our women's shed, the men's section at the back is a lot of wood work, like a men's shed, and the main room is a community room.
“We have many groups regularly using it. Beyond that any community group can use it, not just Aboriginal people.”
Mr Carroll said the new facility is great for the Hastings.
“The grounds we have here are fantastic,” he said. “You don't get a spot like this often in the area and now we have the facilities to accompany that."