Camp Toukley Shed Project Sept2018


At the start of his year, President David sought ideas from club members for a major capital project that could be completed within the next twelve months and hopefully partially funded with assistance of a State or Federal community grant. The Club settled on” the Shed Project “– a facility to house the Salvation Army’s Emergency Kitchen & other equipment and to be located at its property at Gorokan.

A project team comprising President David and Rotarians Peter McCloskey, Justin Dover & Mitch Cowan was formed to manage the project in partnership with the Salvation Army.   Preliminary plans & building estimates were obtained, and a preliminary meeting held with Council. At the same time discussion was held with Emma McBride MP, Member for Dobell regarding her support of Rotary applying for funds under the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.

The Shed Project hit a major snag with advice from Council that the proposed facility could not be built on the Gorokan site and with no other suitable site available the Salvation Army regrettable had to withdraw from the project. With funding of $15,800 now guaranteed under the Stronger Communities Programme but no suitable site to undertake the Shed Project, Rotary quickly located a new partner – Camp Toukley at Canton Beach.

Justin Dover, using some of his architect/surveyor contacts, was quickly able to confirm that the site was suitable and that we should not experience any difficulty in lodging a DA with Central Coast Council. Now back on track, the Project team quickly developed the necessary Scope of Works for Council’s DA application and sought suitable quotes for site clearance and for the supply & installation of a three-bay garage.

CLF Sheds Pty Ltd were successful in their bid to supply and install a Ranbuild Tall Skillion Garage.  The project was completed in June 2018 and at a total overall cost of $33,884. The project attracted an Australian Government -Stronger Communities Programme grant of $15,800 and a Rotary District 9685 grant of $3,000. The Board allocated the balance of funds required largely from funds raised at our Club’s 2018 Charity Race Day.