by Ray Wilson for the Building Committee
About 3 years ago plans were formulated to improve safety around the soldering area, create a dedicated area for all of the hot working activities and consolidate the diamond saws into an area closer to the cabbing area and increase the power supply to 3 phase to ensure sustainable supply for the future.
In August 2019, the building committee started working on formal plans and drawings with a view to obtaining a grant to undertake the work. In early December 2019 we were advised that we had been successful in getting a $32,000 grant from the Brisbane City Council under their Building Stronger Communities program.
The work commenced in early January with members assisting in clearing out the areas ready for the building contractor. Around 20 members assisted in the project overall with clearing the site, painting, assembling furniture and re-establishing the work areas. The final part of the construction work – installing 3 phase power – was completed last week. There are still things to resolve and work out where they will finally be located ; like 24” saw and flat lap machines, but the majority of the project is now complete.
The collages below show the progress of the project with before, construction and fit out photos.
The removal of a wall has opened up the soldering area and now includes casting and enamelling equipment. The main corridor through the building is now clear of naked flames making it a safer environment for members.
From a corner in the cabbing room a dedicated saw room has been constructed which now houses all 4 trim and slabbing saws. This allows members who are using grinders to view the operation of the saws. The volume of traffic through the club has been reduced by having the saws proximate to the grinders.
We are appreciative of the support from the Brisbane City Council, our local Queensland government member and Patron Leanne Linard, our local BCC Ward Alderman Adam Allan and also of the many members who gave of their time to completing this project.