About our shed
|Esk Men’s Shed Inc. was established in 2018, with a membership of four and no shed to call home. We have been very active during the last five years, promoting our cause, attracting new members, liaising with Somerset Regional Council (SRC) and catering for functions and BBQs, among other things. SRC have been very supportive of our group, eventually purchasing the old Esk fire station and offering us a lease at $1.00 per year, which we gratefully accepted. After many donations of cash and equipment from local businesses, Clubs and the public, and multiple grants from AMSA (NSDP), SRC Community Assistance Grants (CAG) and the Qld Government’s Community Gambling Benefits Fund (CGBF), Esk Men’s Shed finally has a home, with us taking occupancy on 01/7/2022. With basic woodworking machinery, we have increased membership to 22. With grants from the above, we are in the process of purchasing much needed machinery, eagerly anticipated by the members. As the old fire station is very small, we are very short of space, so the next drive is to raise funding to have a large shed built adjacent to the fire station. We owe very sincere thanks to all those mentioned above who have provided funds and other assistance to get to where are today.|
Woodwork, Metalwork, Furniture repairs, Function Catering
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Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)
More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries
The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)
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