2017 – A Year the Shed moves
From November 2016 to moving in on the 26th June 2017 and then to celebrate with the official opening on 14th Oct, we have now got what we always wanted during our short life to date – have our own building with sufficient room to work, you can follow the progress below:
Week 1 from 7th November, establishment of construction facilities by Exacto Projects:
By week 2 the tree has been trimmed and McCoskers equipment is being delivered
Week 3, the earthworks has happened, a big thank you to McCosker Contracting
Week 4, the plumber has laid the pipes and we are ready for the foundations
Week 5, now into December and the foundations are soon ready to receive concrete
Week 6 and a different perspective from the south, soon we can be on that concrete
Week 7 almost Christmas eve and what a present the Shed is getting
Week 8 this is as far as we got for 2016 but that’s a good start
Week 9 & 10 all the beams are in and now the sheeting has startedWeek 11 the insulation is starting and the roof still to go over workshop areaWeek 12, doors & windows to come while work starts on the lean-to foundationsWeek 13 taken from south in workshop area, donated colourbond wall looks good Week 14 slabs for awnings are down with doors and windows progressingWeek 15 Electrical Contractor Geoff Forrest is leading our members on the wiring-upWeek 16 The framing in the amenity rooms ready for the wall sheeting to go onWeek 17 External view from the south showing the lean-to for our metalwork activitiesWeek 18 the electies wire up while others test the meeting room, but good work by all Week 19 rare to see the shed is in the rain, but wall cladding continues insideWeek 20 the plasterers are now finished, we will be having morning tea here soon Week 21, part of the workshop showing the ample provision of future power outletsWeek 22, Easter is over and we have the tilers in the kitchen – looking good! Week 23, the concreters are here too working from the back to the front Week 24, the painters are in the office and meeting rooms – it’s all coming togetherWeek 25, our own members have started work on the dust extraction system
Week 26, the meeting room is just waiting for some floor coverings to come soonWeek 27, a view of the workshop from outside the meeting roomWeek 28, just some of the work benches, note abundance of lights and gpo’sWeek 29, you will not be caught short here, 1 of several rooms with conveniencesWeek 30 view from the south and we are being fenced in, not much left to do nowWeek 31 power is on for council inspection this week, compare to Week 1 photoWeek 32 turf laid, car park lines done and bollards about to go in – getting close now
All of this action happened with the much appreciated cooperation of the Gladstone Regional Council. A floor plan of our 40m x 15m building plus 2 lean-to’s is below. The Building Committee of Gerry Graham, Ron Jackson, Mal Ford, Dave Johnson, Graham Bruce, Rudi Hebel and Jim McBryde have helped to gain the maximum value out of this project all the way through and of course our appreciation to our president, Gerry Graham, who has completed so much work to get us to completion.
We have signed on 22nd June 2016 a Funding Agreement with the Public Trustee acting for the Gladstone Foundation for $600,000 including gst. There have been a couple of reductions to the original grant application, but the Gladstone Foundation contributed another $40,000 to ensure we got a proper finish. Appreciation to the proponents of Foundation – QCLNG, APLNG and GLNG, we want to provide these 3 companies with a facility all of the Gladstone can be very proud of and it is a fitting conclusion to move in so close to the one year anniversary of the Funding Agreement. Must mention the generosity of Gladstone businesses who also helped with various contributions to make this an extremely valuable building in total.