Dublin’s much loved and iconic Schlodder Shelter – which was erected nearly 15 years ago in its current position to honour the service by local firefighters in the district– is undergoing an extensive makeover following a $15,000 grant.
And local residents have been heavily involved in the project; designing and creating unique tiles, which reflect their connection to the district, and will be a feature of the new shelter.
Situated in the town’s main street, the shelter is named after Milton Schlodder, who donated land for the town’s inaugural fire service in 1966, and has over the years become rundown and neglected.
But members of the Dublin History Group have been working hard to raise money, garner support and obtain funding to improve the facilities, and recently the group was successful in obtaining a grant from the Virginia branch of Bendigo Bank to the tune of $15,000, with District Council of Mallala also offering $5000 and labour to support the project.
DHG secretary and long-time resident, Pat Thompson, is excited by the impending improvements, saying for many years the shelter has been a stopping place for travelers to take a break and a chance for local groups to meet, catch up and put on popular sausage sizzles.
Pat is proud of the efforts of the locals who have worked together to make the project a reality and is a big believer in the adage that anything is possible.
“To me it just proves that any dream/thought, no matter how small or large it may be, is achievable with sheer determination and some work,” Pat said.
“It is the same with the history group, I am just so proud of how that has grown and what has been achieved over the past seventeen years from just four of us local Dublin residents getting together.
“There is an ad on the TV that states ‘from little things, big things grow’ and that is just so very true.”
DCM strategic infrastructure coordinator, Paul Cleghorn, said all the approvals have been done for the new shelter, with a stone wall to be constructed, incorporating a tiled wall area, new tables and seating as well as a weather proof roof.
The old concrete tables and chairs will be reused around the Dublin township, with work set to start on the shelter in September.