About our shed
The story so far
Floated in July 2019, the concept of a Men’s Shed in South Arm to serve the Peninsula quickly gained momentum with a survey indicating strong community need and support. Backed by the South Arm Peninsula Residents’ Association Inc (SAPRA), the South Arm Peninsula Men’s Shed Inc was formed in late 2019 and work began on many fronts.
See newsletters below for how our Shed project is progressing.
Support, site, design and funding
Further strong support was received from the South Arm Community Pharmacy, RSL Sub-Branch, our local elected members and many others familiar with the area.
Positive site and process discussions were held with Clarence City Council staff and the Aldermen were unanimous in support of the Shed (12th October 2020).
Shed designs were developed with a final design confirmed by the Committee and Members and submitted to Council for a Development Application which was approved with the granting of a Planning Permit in May 2021.
Fundraising has been ongoing with fun Quiz Nights, Bunnings BBQs, a partnership with Harmony Garden Centre, raffles and generous donations from locals and our elected representatives. Our local business community has supported us with Touch of the Mo cafe hosting an Open Mic night and raising $2,000 and MJs Hair Design raising $620. The Shed is also selling garden stakes thanks to Pipeclay Oysters who have donated them as a fund-raiser.
Grant funding has been successful with $53,000 from the Tasmanian Government through Communities Tasmania and $80,000 from the Federal Building Better Regions program. A further application to the Federal Stronger Communities program is being submitted which, if successful, will assist with the increased costs of construction.
A Council lease is being drafted after being unanimously supported by the Aldermen at their 10 October 2021 meeting. Once this is in place and with the funding and volunteers available, we can't wait to see our Shed rise from the ground and become an integral part of the community hub homed in the Calverton Oval precinct.
Woodwork, community projects
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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