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South Arm Men’s Shed makes progress

A PROPOSED Men’s Shed on the South Arm Peninsula is poised to bring a number of benefits to the community, with planning well underway.

The idea was floated in July 2019 and gained momentum quickly with a survey indicating strong community support and was also backed by the South Arm Peninsula Residents’ Association Inc (SAPRA).

South Arm Men’s Shed Inc secretary Steve Hinton said there had been positive discussions with Clarence City Council, and a growing membership of more than 50 despite no physical shed yet.

“According to the 2016 Census, there are more than 700 men aged 55 to 89 on the South Arm Peninsula, demonstrating further potential for a Men’s Shed in the area,” he said.

Mr Hinton said the Men’s Shed would form part of an active community hub, offer men and women a safe and welcoming environment close to home, and create new community partnerships and relationships.

“The Men’s Shed will add another layer of community engagement and create a hub where Peninsula families and all generations can gather, play, create, be entertained and importantly, enjoy social interaction and receive support,” he said.

“Having these services available locally for our men doesn’t just add to their wellbeing, it flows to their families, friends and wider community as well.”

The proposed site for the Men’s Shed is in the South Arm Calverton Oval precinct, which currently includes the South Arm Community Centre, Calverton Hall, tennis courts, the oval, skate park and a proposed children’s playground.

Senator Jonno Duniam recently gave a personal donation to the fundraiser to construct the Men’s Shed.

“The South Arm community has been working hard to raise funds, but COVID-19 has impacted their efforts,” Senator Duniam said.

“It was great to see the hard work that the Committee has put into developing plans to construct the shed.”

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma also supported the Men’s Shed with a $2000 grant.

“Men’s Sheds are a very valuable asset in our community as they play such an important role in promoting men’s health and well-being, as well as opportunities for skill sharing and intergenerational mentoring,” she said.

Clarence Alderman Brendan Blomeley said it was pleasing to see such strong community support for the Shed.

“Council is currently seeking community input on the future of the South Arm Oval Master Plan Design Review and it is my clear expectation that the Men’s Shed will feature prominently in this process,” he said.

“There is a strong sense of community on the South Arm Peninsula, that the Shed will further strengthen.”

Caption: From left, South Arm Peninsula Men’s Shed secretary Steve Hinton, committee member Allan Duggan, president Robin Barnes and treasurer John Harvey.