Message from Sarah Courtney MP

Since the last edition went to print, Round 5 of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s TMSA Grants program was announced and distributed. This round saw a total of $113,137 being awarded to 29 sheds across the state.
The 2017–18 State Budget saw an announcement of
$90,000 for the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds around Tasmania – in addition to the $550,000 allocated since 2014–15.
During the past few months, I have been endeavouring to get out and about to the Men’s Sheds. I was fortunate to travel to Flinders Island with the Premier at the end of March and during our visit, we had the opportunity to pop into the Furneaux Islands Community Shed.

I have also been along to the North West Coast and visited some sheds with my Braddon colleague, Roger Jaensch MP.
Thank you to all of you that
have issued invitations for me to come along and visit; I will continue to do my very best to get out to as many sheds as I can. In the meantime, if you have any matters that you would like to discuss or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office on 03 6777 1013 or drop me a line via email at
Until next time, take care, stay warm, and enjoy your Sheds!

TMSA Grants Program – Round Five

TMSA Grants Program – Round Five

The TMSA Grants Program supports the sustainable development of Men’s Sheds in Tasmania.

Round Five of the TMSA Grants Program will open for applications on 7 January 2017 and close on 17 February 2017.

For the first time grants are being made available in two categories:

·        Category One: Grants up to $5 000 for tools, equipment, member training and community initiatives.

·        Category Two: Grants up to $10 000 for capital works.

Further information and the Grants Program Guidelines and Application Form are available from

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Geoff Marsh, Executive Officer, TMSA for feedback and advice with their application to assist in providing the strongest case for funding. Geoff can be contacted by telephone on 0488 005 213 or by email at

The TMSA Grants Program is an initiative of the Tasmanian Government.