About our shed
Our local doctor David Easton having dealt with a lot of male patients with men’s problems, retirees , widowed not being able to express themselves, lonely needed some where to revive their sense of being unable to assimilate with the day to day things having to be done, losing daily contact with their work mates, losing their partner, needing to be around other men, to talk, have a laugh do something for the community, do something for themselves, start living again, the answer a men’s shed.
A steering committee was formed and the first meeting was set up in November 2011 to find out how many men would be interested, by December 2011 the shed was up and running, a working committee was put together and we were in to it. We had no shed at that stage, however one of the members offered the use of his shed until we had one of our own. Over the next few months plans were put together and a application was put forward to council, after some months a DA was granted and we were off to find a builder. We chose a local to complete the project to lockup stage, the members finished the internal fit out including Plumbing and Electrical, and what you see is the end result of two and half year of hard work.
We have had some generous donators over the years but the most of our funds came from our sausage sizzle workers, without these fellows it would still be a dream. You will notice on the roof of our new shed Solar Power and Solar hot water system, this was paid for from the Jupiter’s Casino out of the office of The Justice Department Queensland this was gratefully accepted, it has dramatically helped to reduce our power bill. To date the shed is operating two days a week, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.00am until 1.30pm., all gents are welcome to come and take a look, walk around and meet the other members, have a cuppa.
Wood working, metal working, repairing odd bits of furniture
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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