About our shed
The Mareeba Men’s Shed was established in October 2010 by three members of the Baptist Church which organisation auspices this Shed including Insurance. We have had as many as 52 financial members and as few as 25 particularly during covid. As at Nov 2022 there are 35 financial members of whom approximately 25 are consistently active.
We have four main events which gain us revenue.
1: The local Rodeo at which we sell pies and soft drinks, which on some occasions is only just economical.
2: a recently established a large Music Festival called “Savannah in the Round” at which we are responsible for keeping the grounds clean of debris including recyclable cans and bottles etc which is a lot of work but quite lucrative due to cashing in those recyclables.
Typical Shed activities, dinking coffee and talking BS, Projects for many community entities for whatever work jobs they need doing. Repair and refurbish pieces of furniture for the older members of the community.
Phone0499 229 986
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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)
More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds