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Howrah Men’s Shed opens its doors

FOLLOWING two-years of construction and much anticipation, the Howrah Men’s Shed was officially opened on Monday 2 November by Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner AM.

Howrah Men’s Shed president Ray Phillips said the provision of the shed was in response to a strong desire by Clarence City Council and Clarence community groups for a facility of its kind to be established in a central location.

“The shed will provide a safe place for men to connect,” Mr Phillips said.

“Typically men find it easier to stand shoulder to shoulder rather than face to face and shed activities provide that opportunity.”

The shed comprises facilities for woodwork and metalwork, as well as a kitchen space for relaxing and socialising.

Men can work on their own interests, learn new skills, pass on knowledge and engage in community projects.

One such project will see the Men’s Shed assist with the bicycle repairs for students at the Southern Support School.

Major funds for the Shed have come from the Clarence City Council – supplying the land and concrete slab, as well as the Tasmanian Community Fund, which supported the purchase and erection of the shed.

Funds to fit out the shed and provide specialist machinery were provided by Howrah Rotary, Bellerive Rotary, Hobart Lions, Howrah/Sandford Anglican Church and both the Tasmanian and Australian Mens’ Shed Associations.

Mr Phillips said Howrah Primary School, the Southern Support School and the Howrah/Sandford Anglican Church provided support and encouragement during the past two-years.

He said that many in the community had also donated timber and equipment for the Shed.

“Planning for the Shed started some two-years ago and the ‘turning the first sod’ was in February 2015,” he said.

“At the same time, the construction contract was let to P & J Sheds of Mornington, following a competitive tender process.

“The shed has already attracted more than 40 members who have been a critical part of working bees and preparing the shed for the opening.

“The committee has worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition and many new friendships and relationships have been established in the process.”

The Shed is located next to the Howrah Recreation Centre near the Shoreline Shopping Centre.