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By LIZ COTTON
ELIABLE storage is essential on any
farm, but there are a few things to con
sider before putting up a new shed.
"The old saying 'you get what you pay for'
really applies in the shed construction indus-
try," owner of Templeton Constructions
Frank Templeton, Mount Gambier, said.
"There are plenty of cheap, often imported
options out there but while the price may
look cheap initially, nine out of 10 times you
will end up with more out-of-pocket costs
and lost time in the long run."
Mr Templeton said hobby farmers looking
to build a new shed on their land should do
their research thoroughly and speak to a num-
ber of companies before signing on the dotted
"Every company should be able to provide
you with an upfront, no obligation quote. It is
also important to choose a company that can
handle all aspects of your shed-building
process -- including site advice, council appli-
cations and approvals, building and war-
ranties and back-up service and support," he
said. Wholesale kit companies could offer
"seemingly budget friendly solutions", but did
not handle the council approval process buy-
"So they are purchasing at their own risk,"
Mr Templeton said.
"Additionally, they don't supply workers to
construct the shed, so if the buyer gets a mate
in to help put up the shed, or hires a trades
person and they are injured, it is the buyer
who is liable."
Before going down the do-it-yourself path,
Mr Templeton advises buyers ask:
•Can I get the shed past council?
•Do I have the ability to erect the shed?
•Am I covered if someone is injured while
putting the shed up?
•Have I seen the company's sheds in real life
and is the quality up to scratch?
"As payments are required in advance on kit
sheds, there is often no redress if the buyer
isn't happy with the end product," Mr
"Opting for a local company on the other
hand, the buyer usually will not have to pay
until the shed is completed.
"They can be supplied with all associated
Modern on-farm storage and sheds have flexibility of design and materials. Adapted from the
Quaker barns in the United States, sheds in Australia have remained relatively consistent in terms of
size but options for colour and cladding are endless.
Sheds must comply with council regulations
Cheap imports fail to guarantee longevity
Insurance must cover construction period
Cheap import no
substitute for a
construction costings such as site preparation,
electrical work and plumbing and there is
peace of mind from 10-plus year guarantees,
local support and back-up and the ability to
properly inspect all aspects of the company
and its work."
After almost 40 years in the shed-building
business, Mr Templeton says he has watched
with interest the rise in cheap, imported, kit
"Looking at the fine print, it's easy to see why
these sheds are cheaper," he said.
"I have seen sheds that stipulate, in very
small writing, that a particular shed cannot be
constructed in windy areas and doors must be
closed at all times.
"It's hardly practical and it is really a case of
buyer beware. The fabrication has also been
taken out -- they are tec-screwed together,
instead of properly welded and bolted. Some
do not meet Australian Standards, which is
Modern on-farm storage and sheds have
flexibility of design and materials. Adapted
from the Quaker barns in the United States,
sheds in Australia have remained relatively
consistent in terms of size but options for
colour and cladding are endless.
"Your shed is an addition to your home and
it must be in keeping with the style and value
of the property," Mr Templeton said.
Maintenance on new sheds is minimal
because of the use of high-grade Australian
steel, but there are a few factors to keep in
mind, particularly for those building in areas
near the ocean with higher salt levels.
"I always advise people within about 12 kilo-
metres of the ocean to wash their sheds down
reasonably regularly to remove salt build-up,
which can wear away at the iron.
'They should also pay close attention to the
wall iron and where this meets the dirt. Dirt
contains salt and salt can seep into the wall
sheets and cause peeling of the Colorbond.
Reputable shed manufacturers should howev-
er, already include a separation barrier to pre-
vent this problem.
"Additionally, WD40 or CRC spray used on
locks and hinges will keep them in good work-
Sheds are an addition to a house and must
be in keeping with the style and value of
Australian Professional Rodeo Association
rodeo administration Steve Hilton said it was
disappointing that South Australian rodeos
had been "under attack" from animal rights
"South Australia was the first state in
Australia to introduce rodeo legislation about
15 years ago," he said.
"Regulations are updated all the time to
ensure animal welfare is looked after."
Mr Hilton said for the past 15 years, since
records had been kept in Australia, the rate of
serious injury to animals involved was less
than 0.05 per cent.
"At every rodeo, a judge has to note and fill
in a report if a serious injury occurred with
any animal, and also what the outcome was,"
In SA and Victoria, a veterinary officer had
to attend whenever a rodeo was held.
"They also have to put in a report," Mr
"As far as horses and bulls are concerned,
they are not wild and unhandled stock, they
are handled and travel nearly every week dur-
ing the season.
"Stock are bred to buck."
Mr Hilton said there were between eight to
10 APRA-affiliated rodeos in SA every year.
Nationwide, there were 90 to 110 rodeos.
"Rodeos are part of our history and tradi-
tions," he said.
"Even today people use some of these skills
in their day-to-day work, working cattle and
"SA in particular has a strong history with
rodeos, it was the first home of the APRA. RM
Williams was a founding member of the asso-
Mr Hilton said rodeos had also raised "mil-
lions of dollars" for local charities and sport-
Animal Liberation SA committee member
Natalie Holman said the organisation was
petitioning the Adelaide Hills Council in order
to stop the rodeo.
She said petitions opposing the event had
been out in the community for the past two
weeks and she was hopeful that the rodeo
would be stopped.
"A couple of members have rung up Alison
in order to express their opinion about the
rodeo," she said.
"But this certainly was not done in an abu-
"We are opposing the rodeo in a rational
way by going through the petition process."
Ms Holman said the group opposed the
event because rodeos were "inherently cruel".
Activists set for rough rodeo ride
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