Future of the former Men's Shed Site

We're planning for the future of the former Men's Shed site in White Gum Valley.

In 2018 we gathered ideas from community groups and local adults and children on what function this space could provide. These were assessed and built on at a community workshop and online survey, to determine which would provide the most benefit. Information on the engagement is available in the document library.


Draft concept

A draft concept has now been developed. It aims to complement the surrounding area, existing park and the swale as well as provide as many functions identified by the community as possible. View the concept in the survey below or download a copy.


Please tell us your thoughts on the draft concept by Sunday 31 March 2019.

We're planning for the future of the former Men's Shed site in White Gum Valley.

In 2018 we gathered ideas from community groups and local adults and children on what function this space could provide. These were assessed and built on at a community workshop and online survey, to determine which would provide the most benefit. Information on the engagement is available in the document library.


Draft concept

A draft concept has now been developed. It aims to complement the surrounding area, existing park and the swale as well as provide as many functions identified by the community as possible. View the concept in the survey below or download a copy.


Please tell us your thoughts on the draft concept by Sunday 31 March 2019.

  • Demolition completed

    9 months ago
    Site ex building sml

    Demolition of the building on site is now complete with the following materials removed from the site:
    • 4 loads of concrete and rubble (returned to licenced facility to be processed, crushed and screened to manufacture roadbase, sands and aggregates).
    • 1 load of steel (to scrap metal dealers).
    • 2 loads of timber (for use in a new pilot program - see below).
    • 1 load end of life materials.
    • 1.5 loads of asbestos (to landfill).

    The timber from the former men’s shed was not the best quality and there was evidence of...

    Demolition of the building on site is now complete with the following materials removed from the site:
    • 4 loads of concrete and rubble (returned to licenced facility to be processed, crushed and screened to manufacture roadbase, sands and aggregates).
    • 1 load of steel (to scrap metal dealers).
    • 2 loads of timber (for use in a new pilot program - see below).
    • 1 load end of life materials.
    • 1.5 loads of asbestos (to landfill).

    The timber from the former men’s shed was not the best quality and there was evidence of white ant infestation. The flooring was looked at by potential floor restoration customers but was unsuitable (if timber flooring has been previously reconditioned it is not generally salvaged for new flooring as there is no commercial value).

    The timber will be part of a pilot program for reuse as surveyor pegs and tomato plant stakes. It will be processed and separated over the next month or so and any timber not suitable for the program will be taken to a green waste facility for grinding into mulches.


  • Concept designing to commence!

    10 months ago

    The City of Fremantle’s Parks & Landscapes team will request funding in the 2019/2020 budget to design and construct a flexible green space that covers a range of identified uses. The budget outcome will be known in July 2019, but in the meantime the landscape architects can progress with the draft.

    The input from community engagement (sketches, designs and ideas) will be used to develop the concept and it will be open for feedback and amendment. The site can accommodate many of the preferred uses for the site, including 'landscaping, seating, native elements', 'space for organised outdoor activities' and 'multi-use, multi-generational outdoor hub'. To see the outcomes and assessment in further detail please read the November 2018 engagement update.

    The City does not commence engagements from 15 December and into the January holidays to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate, so engagement on the draft will be open at the end of January / start of February 2019. If you've participated in the engagement already or live near the site you will be updated on this. Updates will also be provided on this project page.

    The City of Fremantle’s Parks & Landscapes team will request funding in the 2019/2020 budget to design and construct a flexible green space that covers a range of identified uses. The budget outcome will be known in July 2019, but in the meantime the landscape architects can progress with the draft.

    The input from community engagement (sketches, designs and ideas) will be used to develop the concept and it will be open for feedback and amendment. The site can accommodate many of the preferred uses for the site, including 'landscaping, seating, native elements', 'space for organised outdoor activities' and 'multi-use, multi-generational outdoor hub'. To see the outcomes and assessment in further detail please read the November 2018 engagement update.

    The City does not commence engagements from 15 December and into the January holidays to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate, so engagement on the draft will be open at the end of January / start of February 2019. If you've participated in the engagement already or live near the site you will be updated on this. Updates will also be provided on this project page.

  • Demolition of the former men's shed

    10 months ago
    Demo new

    Work on site will commence on Monday 19 November 2018 and conclude the week commencing Monday 3 December 2018. To ensure public protection at all times, the site will be fully fenced including a mesh barrier with access being restricted only to authorised personnel.

    The building contains considerable amounts of asbestos sheeting, being on the external roof and walls and internal ceilings and walls, all of which is non friable (meaning fully contained) and is deemed to be of a ‘moderate only’ risk. This will be removed by hand by a specialist licenced contractor commencing with the internal ceilings and walls followed by the external elements. As an added safety precaution, the City of Fremantle has engaged a licenced contractor to independently undertake asbestos dust monitoring throughout the asbestos removal process. This company has been given the authority to stop the works should levels approach the upper range of the acceptable limit and order immediate remedial action prior to continuing the works.

    It is a requirement of the contract to protect all verge trees throughout the works and to retain all existing trees on site. After the works are completed and the site raked clean, the City of Fremantle will install mulch over the site to minimise dust in the coming months.

    Whilst we can expect some minor disruptions to traffic flow and some inconvenience to the general amenity in the short term we expect this to be minimal. We thank you in advance for your patience during this time.

    For any further information please contact Paul (Project Officer – Buildings) on info@fremantle.wa.gov.au or ph: 9432 9999.

    Work on site will commence on Monday 19 November 2018 and conclude the week commencing Monday 3 December 2018. To ensure public protection at all times, the site will be fully fenced including a mesh barrier with access being restricted only to authorised personnel.

    The building contains considerable amounts of asbestos sheeting, being on the external roof and walls and internal ceilings and walls, all of which is non friable (meaning fully contained) and is deemed to be of a ‘moderate only’ risk. This will be removed by hand by a specialist licenced contractor commencing with the internal ceilings and walls followed by the external elements. As an added safety precaution, the City of Fremantle has engaged a licenced contractor to independently undertake asbestos dust monitoring throughout the asbestos removal process. This company has been given the authority to stop the works should levels approach the upper range of the acceptable limit and order immediate remedial action prior to continuing the works.

    It is a requirement of the contract to protect all verge trees throughout the works and to retain all existing trees on site. After the works are completed and the site raked clean, the City of Fremantle will install mulch over the site to minimise dust in the coming months.

    Whilst we can expect some minor disruptions to traffic flow and some inconvenience to the general amenity in the short term we expect this to be minimal. We thank you in advance for your patience during this time.

    For any further information please contact Paul (Project Officer – Buildings) on info@fremantle.wa.gov.au or ph: 9432 9999.
  • Phase two concludes

    11 months ago

    The online survey is now closed and we are compiling the results of phase two. We will provide an update on the next steps once we have completed this process.

    The online survey is now closed and we are compiling the results of phase two. We will provide an update on the next steps once we have completed this process.

  • Community Workshop Wrap Up

    about 1 year ago
    Workshop pic1

    Thanks to everyone who attended the community workshop last weekend at Sullivan Hall. The five groups have provided a range of valuable information to guide the future of this site.

    For those who couldn't be there, or may have more to add, online responses are now open! Please complete the phase two survey by 5pm 7 September 2018.


    Thanks to everyone who attended the community workshop last weekend at Sullivan Hall. The five groups have provided a range of valuable information to guide the future of this site.

    For those who couldn't be there, or may have more to add, online responses are now open! Please complete the phase two survey by 5pm 7 September 2018.


  • Phase One outcomes

    by Admin, about 1 year ago

    The Community Engagement Report, summarising the feedback received during our community engagement on the former Men's Shed site in July 2018 is now available.

    Read the report:

    Community engagement report - phase 1

    The Community Engagement Report, summarising the feedback received during our community engagement on the former Men's Shed site in July 2018 is now available.

    Read the report:

    Community engagement report - phase 1

  • Phase One Information

    about 1 year ago

    Thank you to everyone who submitted information on uses for the former Men's Shed site.

    We are currently compiling the information and will present this on My Say Freo from 24 July and at White Gum Valley Primary School on 28 July.

    To register for the community workshop on 11 August click here (RSVP close 6 August).

    Thank you to everyone who submitted information on uses for the former Men's Shed site.

    We are currently compiling the information and will present this on My Say Freo from 24 July and at White Gum Valley Primary School on 28 July.

    To register for the community workshop on 11 August click here (RSVP close 6 August).