Claremont Men’s Shed up and running

HAMMERS, saws and screwdrivers were swapped for soup, sandwiches and sweet treats recently when the Claremont Men’s Shed officially opened its doors, providing a space for local men to connect, share skills and participate in projects that give back to the community.

The Claremont Men’s Shed was established by Martin Watkins and Brian Johnson after receiving positive feedback from the local community as part of a letterbox drop conducted in September last year.

Claremont Men’s Shed president Martin Watkins said the Men’s Shed was established with the aim of improving the health and well-being of men in the local community.

“The group already has 27 members and we have more knocking on our doors every week,” he said.

“We have also been blown away by the generosity of the local community donating items for our shed.”

Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom officially opened the new Men’s Shed at a community event on 13 May, alongside Members for Denison Elise Archer and Scott Bacon.

The Claremont Men’s Shed took the opportunity to unveil their first project – two large scorers’ benches for the Hobart Chargers basketball team’s home games, which will soon be installed at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

The event also saw Minister Groom present a $50,000 grant to the Claremont Men’s Shed for the construction of a new shed and workshop at the Claremont Golf Course.

“The opening of the Claremont Men’s Shed is the culmination of many months of hard work by members of the Claremont community,” Minister Groom said.

“What they have achieved in such a short amount of time is quite extraordinary and Martin and his committed team of volunteers are to be congratulated for their tireless efforts.”

The Claremont Men’s Shed is currently located in a former service station, adjacent to the Claremont Hotel

The old service station, which is owned by Vantage Group, has been fitted out with a small office and workshop to accommodate a range of wood and metal work projects that the group will undertake for the benefit of the local community.

Mr Groom said the shed had been well supported by the wider northern suburbs community through donations of equipment and building supplies needed to restore the existing facilities.

Ms Archer said the new Claremont Men’s Shed joined around 50 others located across the state.

“Men’s (or community) Sheds give members the opportunity to meet up, tinker away with tools and just talk and socialise – some people may just need a cup of tea if they are feeling lonely or isolated,” she said.

Mr Watkins said the Claremont Men’s Shed was proud of what it had been able to achieve so far.

“The group now has long-term plans to build a permanent facility co-located with the Claremont Golf Club,” he said.

“This funding will help bring those plans forward.”

The Claremont Men’s Shed is located at 1 Cadbury Road, Claremont and is open every week from Tuesday to Thursday. New members are welcome.

Caption: From left, Joe Nahas, Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom, Tony Smith, Greg White, Sandra Fagan, Stephen Durney, Martin Watkins, John Price, Colin Richardson and Stuart White.

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