About our shed
The Sarina & District Community Men’s Shed started with a public meeting in December 2011 and due to generous sponsor and benefactors was able to move into interim premises at Beach Rd Sarina in May 2012 . From an initial membership in May 2012 of 32 membership has fluctuated and there are today 51 registered members with a diverse range of skills and experiences.. Shed members have been active in fund raising for a building fund and for sponsorship to assist to meet the costs of running the shed and paying the usual outlays, power & council charges, insurances etc. Local business and individual donors have been most supportive with sponsorship and donations. Members have also been active in conducting raffles, sausage sizzles, and assisting local service clubs run major fundraising projects. Sale of items manufactured, restored or repaired in the shed is another source of income and is discussed further below. In mid 2014 a lease was entered into with the Mackay Regional Council for the old SES shed and site at 40 Lee street Sarina. At 20 metres extension was added to the back of the SES shed by the Sarina men’s shed using grants obtained from Bendigo Bank and the Gambling Benefit Fund. This gave a total floor space of 30 metres by 10 metres. This allowed for the planned development of the existing amenities and utilities in the SES shed while giving a shed under one continuous roof. In March 2015 The Sarina men’s shed moved from the Beach Rd shed to the new site at 40 Lee street Sarina. In the new shed woodwork and metalwork areas are being developed and also being considered are other activities such as lapidary.
We are fortunate to have generous on-going sponsorship support from Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd who operate a major bulk coal export facility in our area. For the construction of the new shed we had substantial support with grants from the Sarina Community Bank (Bendigo Bank).
The Sarina & District Community Men’s Shed opens on Monday Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 12md. .
Members are not obliged to work on projects and may attend the shed for a chat or perhaps help in usual housekeeping tasks.
On shed days we stop for a smoko meeting discussion at 9.30 for all attending.
On the first Saturday of the month we have a “knock off early BBQ” lunch.
We are a new shed starting out and need to work towards making the shed self-supporting, to this end we undertake projects such as restoring donated furniture to sell, making items to sell on market days (hat racks, rolling pins, etc.) and making or repairing items for individuals or community groups.
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— "I've found a great group of mates"
Mateship is an important pillar of every Men’s Shed – first and foremost the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like-minded mates.
— “I give back to the community”
Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.
Health & Wellbeing
— “My health and wellbeing is better because I'm a Shedder”
Many shedders experience improved mental health outcomes. Men (and women) involved at their local Shed report increased self-esteem through participation and learning new skills; de-stigmatisation of experiencing mental health and de-stigmatisation of prevalent social issues related to mental health.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the national service provider supporting more than 1,200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations.
AMSA was established in 2007 by a collection of Australian independent community-based Men’s Sheds to represent, support and promote the Men’s Shed movement. It was founded on the principle of sharing information between sheds and those communities wishing to establish and operate a Men’s Shed. It acts as a central hub for information exchange.
Facts & Figures
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