The Latrobe Men’s Shed was opened in November 2013 by Mike Gaffney, local Mayor and MHA.
Activities commenced on 14 February 2014. Over 40 members have so far joined with many others checking out the Shed from time to time.
The average weekly attendance is around 20 members each Friday morning, with a BBQ at 12 noon.
Over 60 community projects have so far been undertaken and completed. They include:
• the manufacture and re-furbishing of equipment from three local schools;
• work in local widows’ gardens;
• providing equipment for two local gyms and an art studio;
• teaching wood-turning and the construction of over 30 billy-carts at two holiday clubs;
• the restoration of many tables, chairs, bench seats etc, etc;
• the manufacture of a cubby house and the restoration of an old petrol pump for an early learning centre in Devonport;
• 140 small cars for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes;
• re-furbishing the kitchen for Girl Guides and the Baptist Church; and
• painting 92 show jumping poles for a local club.
A current major project is the installation of a four bag dust extraction unit.
Outings have included a visit to Winston Fawdry’s Vintage Car collection and two snooker nights.
Guest speakers have included former MP Peter Schulz and a local psychiatrist, Paul Waddington.
Latrobe Men’s Shed is open every Friday from 9am – new members are always welcome.