One of the great things about a community project is that things that you need tend to just materialise. Moruya TAFE had a purpose built potting shed that had been made redundant by the construction of new facilities and very kindly donated it to the SAGE project.
There is already good co-operation and interaction between SAGE and TAFE, and the students of the wonderful ‘Organic Food Production’ Course are working on the SAGE project for the practical component of their training. The potting shed will be invaluable for this work.
On Friday 21 August, 2009 we relocated the timber framed shed. After much discussion about how to move it (the building is 6 metres by 3 metres) it was decided to take it ‘cross country’. We had no money to pay for a wide load license to take it on the Pacific Highway, and as the two sites are only 1km apart we went through the paddocks. The drought worked in our favour here, as the only possible track went through a wide creek bed.
The posts were unscrewed from their steel stirrups, timber cross pieces connected to the posts to support the frame and provide a cradle for the truck bed, and the entire structure was lifted onto the truck by the carpentry students.
The first hurdle was getting it out onto the driveway past the lightpost and a classroom. There was about 50mm clearance.
Getting out of the TAFE was a breeze. Getting through the farm gate into the paddock was not so easy. We had less than 20mm to spare this time, and the cows were taking bets.
After a few adventures through the creek and down the lane, SAGE has its first roof.
We then had to get it off the truck. There were about 10 lifting it on, and only four of us to get it off. With some help from a young brain (Toby) and the timber beams left over from the table construction we worked out a way off supporting the posts over the footing holes. Tubby’s forklift saved our backs and with the help of some timber pallets the mission was accomplished.
Boral Concrete kindly donated the concrete for the pad footings which have been poured and the shed is now safe from blowing away.