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Gidgegannup Men’s Shed first birthday

Gidgegannup Men’s Shed members Jorg and Alison light the first anniversary cake.

BORN out of a critical need for community support, the Gidgegannup Men’s Shed recently celebrated its first birthday along with the many milestones it has made on the way.

After the February 2021 bushfire that tore through Wooroloo and Gidgegannup, residents and members of the bush fire recovery group bound together to establish a community group that would include men.

In June 2021 the Gidgegannup Men’s Shed was formed and since then they’ve played a vital role in fostering recovery efforts.

“The men’s shed is primarily focused on mental health, forming friendships and drawing people out of their homes and into a vibrant centre,” president Bruce Williams said.

“One thing that confused a lot of people about our men’s shed was that they thought we were just starting up a workshop, but we have decided to build a much broader community hub.”

Since its inception the group has taken over permanent management of the Gidgegannup Tool Library designed to provide resources for bushfire affected residents and worked with BlazeAid to build a trailer and team to re-fence properties.

In March, the shed committee opened its doors to women and anyone over 18 and the group shot up from 29 to 50 members.

“We are about bringing people together, training them and having a hell of a lot of fun while doing it and that principle applies to men, women and young adults,” Mr Williams added.

While the group operates from the Ian Stannard Pavillion in Gidgegannup, they are intending to significantly upsize with plans to build on a 5000sqm block to adequately serve their targeted community spanning 45km from Red Hill to Morangup.

“We have been designing a new shed to be built somewhere in Gidgegannup and are working with City of Swan regarding planning requirements.

“We visited 12 other men’s sheds around Perth and saw the need to build a large facility because as the group grows, we will be space constrained.”

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By Morgan de Smidt 

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