Leaders - Steve Harding, ably supported by Tom Harding
What a holiday season we had. With the Victorian & South Australian school holidays all at a similar time meant that whilst we experienced up to 1000
people per week visiting Farina, our resources where stretched to the limit, as a few of our volunteers could not attend. We still soldiered on after looking at what the “critical” service issues would be - with such demand on the bakery, our staff breaks were far between. Our team did such a wonderful job and should be commended. The demand on the bakery products also meant that our information centre was flat out as well.
Stone work continued on the “Police Station” with a small team led by Ron Johnson and the western wall is now fully complete.
The “Narrow Gauge” rail-walking trail has been pegged out and is ready for the erection of new storyboards and definition in 2016.
The “Blacksmiths” area has had a new “Pergola” erected awaiting its storyboard in 2016.
The ANZAC memorial was expanded to include the curved memorial wall built during week 5 and we were able to install nine “Memorial Plaques” for those who forfeited their lives during both world wars. We also removed a large number of big rocks and added in some gravel to expand the seating area for larger groups in the future.
Another feature of the last week was cooking “Scones” in a cardboard box!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable when you think about it, but Greg Williams from the William Angliss Bakery Training Programme managed to line a box with aluminium foil, add hot coals around the scone mix and, hey presto, in 13 minutes we had a batch of perfect scones for everyone to share. Also in the last week we were joined by the stations “Wild Dog” pest management manager, Joey and his family, who in their spare time joined in to help every team. Many thanks.
Our team of shed builders for weeks 7-8 took over the framed building, to take it to the next level of completion.
We had set ourselves a very important “Target” that was to achieve the final “lock up” stage before we were to leave Farina. We had about 14 days remaining, and so the fun began.
Our team was mainly Bruce Morris, Frank Thomas, Bruce Crosbie, Graham Curtis, Ken Blackman, Steve Harding in the early parts and Robert Power, Derek Sheather, Jim Catt also helped out the last few days.
We need to say that without the help of our sponsor for scaffolding, “Mobile Scaffold” from Adelaide, we could not have continued with the high level works. These guys are great and hopefully they can help out again next year.
We continued at first to ascertain the finished floor concrete level, which is to be poured later, and then outlined where the doors and window were to be placed to make the best use of available light, space and functionality. Once the two sliding glass door support steelwork was concreted in, we were able to position the two access doors and window. We then started to erect the first of the wall sheets on the rear southern wall, using the scaffold, and taking into account the prevailing wind and wet weather direction. Whist this work was going on the doors and window support steelwork where being screwed into place. Next we started on the western wall and trimmed up the height of the gable wall when we finished.
All along we need to rotate, share jobs/skills around and whilst the guys went onto the eastern gable end wall erection Graham & Steve commenced installing the “roller door” structural steel work. It was important at this stage to obtain the correct height to allow clearance for the food caravan under the roller door when it’s up, as it will be stored within the shed when the concrete floor is finished.
We were lucky enough to have a visitor drop in who met Tom and asked if he could help out with the shed, but he would not be coming back for a week or so. Resources at this stage were pretty tight, with a limited number of people available. The bakery and stone works had to be manned also and if this person turned up then that would be a great help.
Wall sheeting continued with the front side until Wednesday / Thursday week 7 and we had to say goodbye to Bruce Morris, Bruce Crosbie and Frank Thomas. Works then continued to install the sliding glass doors now that the wall sheeting had been completed.
Next we prepared the gutter and downpipe spouts assembling them together on the ground before lifting them into place, bearing in mind that the above visitor, might be back who could help out with the roof. The gutter support brackets were then screwed into place at the correct height to allow the rainwater to fall into the tanks. The following day we started to install the southern gutter.
Would you believe that later in the morning Robert had met a family of about a dozen people, who asked what we were doing at the shed and could they help??? Robert put them straight onto Tom.
After their lunch (where they sampled the bakery, of course) Tom arranged a camp site for them in a spot where they could all be together, as they had 4 vehicles, tents etc and lots of children. The camp grounds were rather full as you can imagine, with school holidays we were very busy.
The shed team were in a bit of bother at this stage as we hadn’t completed the gutter, so we had to go like the clappers to get it finished so the roof sheeting could start.
Andrew Fullston and Justin Wenham, who turned out to be wall and roof installation contractors with their 3 children and Scott started at about 1-30pm and by about 4-30pm the roof sheets where all on. During conversation Justin indicated that they loved the “cream buns” so we decided that due to their eagerness to support the shed build with their time, that we would throw open the bakery for them and they could take as much as they wanted for their next journey.
We thought that they had finished and that in the morning they would be leaving to travel further south and we would take the next couple of days installing the flashing for the “barge boards and ridge” capping.
Surprise, surprise, whilst we were having breakfast the next morning at 6-30am we could hear the sound of the screw guns working in the distance. Andrew & Justin were back on the roof installing the flashings, job done in 45 minutes. WOW were we so grateful!!!!.
These guys saved us about 4 days of work, fantastic, we could not have got the shed to lockup in the time remaining otherwise.
We then moved on to preparing the ground for the water tank sites and concrete floor and, with Kevin Dawes help, carted in soil, sand etc and levelled it all with the loader. Then the team got together and levelled the remainder by hand raking while Derek was on the compactor.
While this was happening Robert, Graham & Steve installed the PVC stormwater piping inside the shed to keep it tidy.
The water tanks arrived on the final Tuesday and we connected them to the stormwater pipe, so that when it did rain we could fill the tanks and use the water next year.
The roller doors were then the final items to install and, hey presto, we were finished to lock up stage in time.
Some of the shed team were
Frank Thomas, Bruce Morris, Graham Curtis, Bruce Crosbie and Steve Harding
We held the “Shed Warming” party on the final “Tuesday” evening, Tom warmed up the shed with a campfire and everyone gathered around for celebratory drinks and nibbles. JOB DONE.
Of course we could not have done all of this without our support teams led by Allan Penny and Julie Penny in the afternoons, who ensured our site cleanliness and wood, water, diesel, bakery and other supplies were all on hand when they were needed.
Finally a great big thank you to everyone involved in the support and site programs this year, our best so far. Well done.