Provision of Additional Member Facilities
In 2015, GMR's fettlers cottage was used as the administration center and volunteer lunch room and meeting centre. As space was severely restricted it was decided to enclose the back verandah to provide additional space. At about that time, GMR became aware of grants under the state government's "Building Community Partnerships Program" and submitted an application in August of that year. In early 2016, this was approved and GMR received payment of $13,500 excl. GST with the project to be completed by March 2017. Other considerations for use of the cottage and the other amenities were being explored and it was decided that the cottage would be offered for long term rent and that a surplus demountable building would be relocated next to our main shed to serve as the administration center and that conversion of half of the existing workshop space could be converted into a crib room and meeting room for members meetings and other functions. GMR applied for a revision of its original scope to allow us to use the grant money for the creation of this new amenity which would also be much closer to where work was carried out. This submission was submitted in July 2016 and approved in September 2016. The section of workshop to be transformed is shown in the attached photo.
A quotation had been received from Bunnings for a simple kitchen as part of our grant submission and this was immediately ordered once our grant money was available. Work began on the supply and installation of a dividing wall between the new space and the remainder of the workshop and this was followed by installation of the ceiling. Installation was performed by GMR volunteers Bob Tucker and Terry Dalton to a very high standard. The kitchen was installed shortly afterwards by Bob and Terry.
Electrical work including the provision of power sockets and lights was provided by Watt Eva Electrical and plumbing including the supply and installation of a gas instant hot water system and other piping and fittings was provided by Laser Plumbing. An Hitachi 5KW split system air conditioner was supplied and installed by Ian's Air. Tiling of the floor of the main area and also tiling in the bathroom was carried out by one of our very talented volunteers, Mick Evans. Both existing bathrooms were completed by Bob and Terry and we now have two fully functioning bathrooms with showers, toilets and vanities and hot water. New entrance ways complete with doors were installed for both the new amenities space and the remaining workshop area.