Men’s Sheds


I acknowledge the great work for communities across Australia that is done by men’s sheds. The vision of men’s sheds was and is to establish a place for men that enables social interaction and activities to maintain health and wellbeing, support for those members who require it, and to ease the transition from full-time employment to other activities in retirement. The community in my electorate of Cessnock is lucky to have five men’s sheds—some of which have been established for a while and others that are fairly new. The men’s sheds include Cessnock Shed and Community Garden led by Peter Torenbeek, Branxton-Greta Men’s Shed Inc. led by Stephen Wall, Kurri Kurri Men’s Shed led by Bill Way, Hawkins Men’s Shed with Louanne Riboldi as the contact person, and 2322 Men’s Shed led by John Bell.