East Hills Men's Shed success continues at Georges River National Park
The future of a community group was boosted on 26 June as the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) continues to support the East Hills District Men's Shed by renewing their license to share a park workshop in Georges River National Park.
NPWS Area Manager Andres Bianchi said NPWS are proud to renew our partnership with this important Men's Shed which supports the health and wellbeing of men in our community.
"The East Hills Men's Shed was the first Men's Shed set-up in a national park in NSW so it holds a special place," Mr Bianchi said.
"The license to share a large workshop building with NPWS staff was first issued back in 2015 as NPWS could see the huge benefits a service such as this could deliver for the local male community.
"This Men's Shed group has certainly been busy over the past two years. They have grown their membership and have recently undertaken enhancement works to the meeting room, mezzanine floor and kitchen.
"More importantly the group provides valuable community men's health benefits especially in promoting good mental health by offering men a place where they can get together to talk, learn and build comradery with other members.
"Now that another two year license has been granted, we look forward to working more closely with the Men's Shed group.
"This partnership will provide significant opportunity for the local male community to undertake on-ground volunteering activities in the park including bush regeneration," Mr Bianchi said.
East Hills Men's Shed (EHMS) President Bob Bishop said EHMS are pleased to be associated with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and hope to work closely with NPWS over the next two years and beyond for the benefit of both parties," said Mr Bishop.
"We are always looking for new projects from local schools, charities and like groups.
"Our Shed has people from all walks of life and skills, but it is not all work, we try to have time to socialise, and increase our fitness, health and wellbeing, which is so important for our senior members.
"As we recruit more people and equipment, our capacity will increase to benefit our members and the surrounding community area, said Mr Bishop.
In 2005, there were an estimated 200 Men's Sheds operating in Australia and today the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) has a membership base of over 930 registered Sheds.