Indigenous Shed Under way in Far North

An indigenous men's shed is now functioning in the Northern Peninsular Area (NPA) at the tip of Cape Yorke. The shed was opened by the Hon Jenny Macklin on October 6.  The shed will be the hub for men's activities in six communities in the NPA.The coordinator for the shed is Jessie Saugaukaz.

NPA Shed OpeningActivities at the shed are already in the pipeline. A selection of tools are available and Roy Powell and John Gilbert from the Armidale Men's Shed have assisted in building tables and benches for the use of members. The shed will be a working place where members can build things for themselves, for their community - more picnic tables on the foreshore for the winter visitors, toys for the preschool and the vegetable garden will soon be under way.

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Mensheds Australia has coordinated this project, bringing together funding from all levels of government, community organisations and individuals, getting the shed built and now operating. The shed will function to bring together the six local communities and will develop a variety of programs for the benefit of the community. There are arts programs, recycling programs and a range of functions for men that will operate through the shed to provide meaningful activities, meet community needs and reduce anti-social incidents.

This represents a considerable outcome and will serve as one way for other indigenous communities to establish sheds. The sheds and their activities will begin a process that helps to move small groups men to develop skills and nurture their artistic talents for the benefit of their communities.