Claremont Men’s Shed makeover

5 August 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Claremont Men’s Shed makeover|

WHAT started as an idea over a beverage on a Friday lunchtime has now progressed from a small building to a large purpose-built shed.

Since the Claremont Men’s Shed was established in 2017 it has supported numerous people in the greater Claremont area.

The Shed has been operating out of a disused building behind the Claremont Hotel, but State and Federal Government grant funding and a lot of community support has meant the brand-new Men’s Shed on Main Road in Claremont is almost complete.

Claremont Men’s Shed president Colin Richardson said along with the upgraded shed, local Liberal Minister Elise Archer had also donated a drop saw.

“We’ve just bought a couple of welders so the new drop saw means that we can now cut metal, which is going to be really beneficial for our projects,” he said.

The Claremont Men’s Shed currently has 20 members, but with the new shed they will be able to expand their membership and welcome anyone who would like to join.

Members help out those in the community by doing odd repairs, working on projects with the Claremont Rotary Club and assisting those in the community who might be doing it tough.

“Since COVID-19, I would probably get a call a day from someone interested in joining, so there is a need in the community for the Shed and to provide mental health support,” Mr Richardson said.

“You can come on down and talk through your problems with someone rather than sitting at home twiddling your thumbs.

“We’re looking forward to getting our community back up and running again.

“There’s so many people to thank for their support in getting this new shed built, including Tasmanian Professional Plasterers, Brock Plaster Supplies, Rosetta Plumbing, Haynes Paint, Dyson Painters, Reece Plumbing Hobart, Trade-link Hobart, Glenorchy City Council Property Section, Sign Nation, Tas City Builders, Claremont Rotary Club, Jackson Security, Brady Contracting and of course Minister Archer.

“We’re really appreciative for everything that everyone has done for us.”

Ms Archer said the Claremont Men’s Shed provided a number of benefits to the community.

“The Claremont Men’s Shed offers people in the area with a place to come to spend time together and work on projects in the company of others,” she said.

“The Shed provides an important role in the health and wellbeing of its members and also the opportunity to connect with the community, which is why I have always supported the great work of this association.”

Caption: From left, Claremont Men’s Shed committee member Peter Briggs, Claremont Men’s Shed president Colin Richardson and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.

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