Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 12 April 2018) . . Page.. 1425 ..
ACT Property Group (ACTPG) has allocated capital funding of $64,000 in 2017-18 as part of its support for men’s sheds. Other support has been provided by hosting the Majura Men’s Shed in Dickson, managed through Northside Community Services. ACTPG has enabled the Shed to be set up on the site occupied by Northside Community Services, under Northside’s existing licence agreement.
3. The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) website lists the following men’s sheds located in the ACT:
• Forrest Men’s Shed
• Majura Men’s Shed
• Giralang Kaleen Men’s Shed
• Belconnen Community Men’s Shed
• Melba Men’s Shed
• Weston Creek Men’s Shed
• Gungahlin Men’s Shed
• South Canberra Veterans Men’s Shed
• Tuggeranong Men’s Shed Inc.
The AMSA website also lists the ACT Model Railway Inc, located in Evatt.
See response to Question 2 for details of financial support provided. ACTPG has also provided support in the form of rent-free accommodation, waiving of development application fees and hosting the Majura Men’s Shed in Dickson, as noted above.
4. See response to Question 2.
5. As outlined in the Executive Summary, Purdon Planning provided advice on the men’s shed movement in Canberra and potential benefit of government support, possibly in the form of a grants program.
The report also recommended that consideration be given to locating sheds in Woden, Weston Creek and/or Gungahlin, depending on levels of community interest and unmet demand. The report found that in the longer term, based on current levels of provision and demographic trends, additional sheds could be supported in most districts. However, the report stated that because the bottom-up approach to the development of men’s sheds was one of their strengths, it was not appropriate for government to determine where they should be located. The number and distribution of future sheds would therefore depend on where individuals and community groups identified a need for a new shed.
A copy of the Executive Summary of the Purdon Planning Pty Ltd report is at Attachment A.
6. Purdon Planning Pty Ltd was engaged to undertake a feasibility and design study to examine current and future demand for men’s sheds, including providing advice on suitable locations, taking into account demographics and other community facilities, the size of the sheds and integrating men’s sheds with existing community facilities.
7. Purdon Planning Pty Ltd was asked to examine the characteristics of existing men’s sheds in the ACT, including the number and location of sheds, membership, the