Historic shed in new home
The historically significant Coels Shed, formerly located behind the Cowes Cultural Centre, has been relocated to the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL) community garden.
Coels Shed will continue to tell its story as a historical workshop in the garden and PICAL will include a storyboard which captures its history. Built over 80 years ago by Phillip Island local Paul Rudolph Coels, the Shed was relocated to allow for the development of the Cowes Transit Centre and All Day Car Park.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, explained that Coels Shed is classified by the National Trust of Australia as a ‘Historical Workshop’ and has historical significance for the Phillip Island community.
“It is fantastic to see Coels Shed has been safely relocated, to a secure place where it will be easily accessible to the community and can continue to tell its story,” Cr Tessari said.
“Because of its historical significance, it was important these key elements were considered when finding a suitable home. It was also important that the new custodians would take on the responsibility of maintaining the upkeep of the Shed.
“Ticking all of these boxes and being located just next door, The PICAL community garden was the perfect fit,” Cr Tessari concluded.
The move was approved by Council last August, when it agreed to allocate $25,000 from the 2018/19 surplus to relocate the significant building.
The total cost of relocation was just under $11,000, which leaves around $14,000 for PICAL to ensure the building is safe and functional. This refurbishment may include replacement of deteriorated exterior timber and metal roof cladding, flooring and roof batten timber replacement, installation of new stairs and fitout with kitchenette and storage. These works will be undertaken by PICAL, with the remaining available budget.