Good things take time — just ask Alexandra Menz Shed members.
The group, which quickly outgrew its facility next to Molyneux Park, had spent the past 10 years looking for an alternative option.
A range of ideas were discussed over that time to provide more room for the trust’s members.
It even proposed a new build.
After several years, the group now has new premises and not a single tool was required to turn the dream into a reality.
Instead, the trust has bought a large shed at 69 Boundary Rd from the Central Otago District Council.
It was formerly occupied by Fire and Emergency NZ (Fenz).
The council still owns the land and Fenz has relocated to Centennial Ave, Alexandra.
Alexandra Menz Shed, which has about 17 members, took over occupancy of the new Boundary Rd address last week.
It expects to spend the next couple of months gradually moving in.
Menz Sheds, which are a nationwide initiative, create a space for men to work on projects, while providing them with camaraderie and a chance to talk, particularly about men’s health.
Up until now, the Alexandra group was confined to a shed about a third the size of its new facility.
Trust chairman Malcolm Macpherson said it meant up until now their membership had no room to grow and a lot of tools, including lathes were kept in storage.
Previously, members also had to do some of their work outside because there was not enough space.
Now they have plenty of scope to work on more ‘‘ambitious projects’’ and were particularly happy about their new neighbours.
Among those neighbours is Wastebusters, which members often call on to source materials for their various projects.
The Alexandra Lions Club also uses a section of the building and other groups were likely to benefit in the future, Mr Macpherson said.
‘‘It’s a really big step up for the whole group.’’
He credited Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and other community funders for helping turn the group’s long-standing dream into a reality.