The Vault: The big shed shemozzle part 2

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Remember this shed?

It is the former home of Porter’s cabinetry and was bought in February this year by the Warrnambool City Council from its new owner, developer and former councillor Graeme Rodger, for $40,000.

As we reported exclusively at the time, there was a catch – the $40,000 shed would cost up to another $90,000 to remove and relocate, making it far from a bargain. No wonder the council tried to re-sell it at auction a month later, in March, but it was passed in for $20,000.

A few weeks later, in answer to questions from Cr Brian Kelson, council CEO Bruce Anson revealed the shed was destined for council land in west Warrnambool, where it would be placed on an existing concrete slab update: bitumen flooring. Building another concrete slab would, of course, add to the rising cost of this “bargain” shed.

As we write, the shed is still sitting on Graeme Rodger’s land off Wangoom Road while a housing estate takes shape around it.

But we can tell you this:

the council received a quote of $170,000 to pull apart, relocate and rebuild the shed in west Warrnambool which, added to the $40,000 it paid, would have made the total cost of this used shed $210,000.

it didn’t accept the quote.

instead, the council will pay Graeme Rodger $63,000 to pull apart and relocate the shed. This is shaping up as a great result for Mr Rodger, who will now receive more than $100,000 for a shed that nobody else wanted. Now that is a deal!

the attempted auction of the shed through Brian O’Halloran & Co, including a newspaper advertisement promoting its sale, was blamed on a breakdown in internal council communications.

the shed is due to be moved early next year.

One question which remains is how much the shed will cost to reconstruct and refit at its new location. We will get back to you.

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3 thoughts on “The Vault: The big shed shemozzle part 2”

  1. To paraphrase what Kerry Packer once said about Alan Bond when buying back the Nine Network from Bond for $250 million after selling it to him 3 years earlier for over a billion, Graeme Rodger must be thinking to himself, “You only get one Warrnambool City Council in your lifetime, and I’ve had mine”.

  2. The council staff are probably following some guidelines. Guidelines that allow for this to happen. There is probably a small fund of some sort that covers stuffups.
    Can’t wait for the next pieces of shed information to be revealed.
    Perhaps our $1000.00 a day chief executive will provide answers.

  3. This “shed” cannot be pulled down and plonked in west Warrnambool , it must be bought up to today’s standards , insulation , firewalls , water catchment , wheelchair access and toilets , shower , re engineered ,etc , but because it’s the WCC will these requirements be overlooked ??

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