Sheds around the state.

The West Moonah Community Shed has a strong membership that focuses on woodworking skills, projects for the community, and as you can see a great community garden.

Tresca, the historic house in Exeter now houses a thriving community centre in the heart of the West Tamar valley, that includes a modern well equipped men's shed.
The shed focuses mainly on woodwork and has some excellent machinery.

`Altima` is a motor-sailer that has been offered to the shed. The shed members are working to develop a plan for the long term sustainable operation of Altima. In the meantime, they are continuing custodial care and maintenance.
Fishing trips on the east coast in the future??????

Central Highlands Men`s Shed at Hamilton – compact and cosy.
A small group of shedders enjoy their friendship and activities in their shed that is located in the old Hamilton School grounds.
One of their recent projects has been to upgrade the old toilet block next to their shed to disabled capability, including a new pathway.

East Tamar Men`s Shed – recently acquired the old Dilston Fire Station and secured a long term lease for the property. It is an excellent design having previously stored two big red trucks (new workshop) and a training room (social room) and office.

Port Sorell Men`s Shed – fantastic new shed designed by the large numbers of members at Port Sorell. TCF provided most of the funding that was supported by local efforts. The building has a large solar panel array that was provided by the Commonwealth Government.

The shed is due to be opened in the near future.

The Tasman shed at Nubeena is compact and has plenty of equipment but little space to use it.

Oatlands has a very busy shed that supports many men and women from the community. The Southern Midlands Council is extremely supportive of the shed that is managed by a community committee.

A recent grant from the TMSA will enable the dust extractor system to be moved outside the building.

Longford shed extension – an extension that provides a new social/recreation room as well as an additional workshop area.

Shed members have been working hard recently to complete the interior including a great blackwood kitchen.


Wynyard – Unmarked baby graves restored by Wynyard Men’s Shed community project

Overgrown graves belonging to babies and young children in a northwest Tasmanian town are being restored by a group of local men.
Members of the Wynyard Men’s Shed have spent several months making wooden crosses and name plates for unmarked graves in the
local cemetery.
The graves belong to stillborn babies and young children who died in the 1920s and 1930s, said Bevan Newman from the Wynyard Historical Society.
“When they buried them it was very simple and that was it and a lot of times the parents weren’t able financially to put a tombstone on and cover the grave,” he said.
"Some of the graves originally had wooden markers", said Brian Randall from the Wynyard Men’s Shed.

By Emily Bryan


Tasmanian Men’s Shed, News from around the State

There are so many big projects under way that I cannot possibly prepare a detailed report on each. I will make some brief comments for this edition and ask that sheds provide me with an article and photos for future editions. This news seems to focus on shed building projects, but in the future I look forward to receiving articles on the full range of activities being undertaken, such as the great job the Wynyard shed is doing with unmarked graves of children. 

So for this first edition, here is a quick whip around of what is happening in sheds around Tassie.
Bicheno – has secured funding from Tas Community Fund (TCF) and added to what has been raised locally, they will be able to commence building soon. A large block of land has been leased from the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

New Norfolk – all issues relating to building ownership have been resolved and the rejuvenated shed was opened on 20 June.

Bruny Island – has been successful in gaining Tas Community Funds to construct a new shed. Land has been provided by the Kingborough Council next to the Council Depot at Alonnah.

Longford – extension to shed has been completed. This provides an excellent social area adjoining the workshops.

East Tamar – has been successful in gaining possession of the building that was previously the Dilston Fire Station and have secured a long term lease from the Launceston City Council.

Howrah – a new shed has been constructed as a result of TCF and Clarence Council funding and local fund raising. The shed is due to open in November. 

Coles Bay – opened their new shed almost 12 months ago and now have a strong membership of over 20 members.

Clarence Plains – A TCF grant will enable the development of an extension to the existing building.

Dover – an extension to the old fire station occupied by the shed has recently been completed. This has been funded by a grant from the Premier.

Port Sorell – has almost completed their excellent new shed. Again, funding from the TCF has been the main financial contributor to the project. The shed is due to open soon.

• Dog House shed at Geeveston recently completed a small extension to their shed.

Queenstown is in discussions with the West Coast Council and the State Government about a new building.

Spring Bay Community Boat Shed has had a 32 foot motorsailer donated to them.