National Museum and TMS Collaboration

The Tuggeranong Men’s Shed recently received some indigenous educational material from the Australian National Museum. Our Shed entered into a collaborative arrangement with the National Museum to repair and refurbish the items that will enhance visiting student’s understanding of indigenous culture.

Indigenous artefacts

SawStop Safety in the Shed

Under the Federal Stronger Communities Program Member for Bean, Mr David Smith MP, assisted with a grant to allow the purchase of a SawStop table saw to reduce the risk of injury to users and improve workshop safety.
Outcome: The provision of the precision saw with its enhanced safety features has enabled a greater number of Men’s Shed members to actively participate in community focused projects. 

Members receiving instruction of the use of the SawStop

We were also using the SawStop table saw to build a large number of bird nesting and possum boxes for the community after the recent bushfires in Australia.  Recipients have been delighted with them.

The Tuggeranong Men’s Shed made an outdoor bench seat for the Charles Conder Primary School.

Workshop Lighting Improvements

Under the Federal Stronger Communities Program Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, assisted with a grant to install translucent panels in our workshop roof and to replace existing power hungry hi-bay lights, that needed to be on whenever the workshop was in use, with LEDs.

The improvement has been transformational and brought about psychological as well as safety benefits to our shed community (plus environmental benefits). As a result workshop patronage and utilisation has increased.

See the difference…

…before the transformation
after the transformation…with sky-lighting alone
with both sky-lighting and new LED lighting

Lil Street Library goes live!

Some more great work by Geoff and the lads in the project team with the creation of a Street Library. The Lil Street Libraries give members of the community the opportunity to share and read books without cost. Well done!

Jigsaws for Timor

Mal and Geoff hand over completed jigsaw puzzles to Sister Elizabeth. The games will be used by children as learning aids in Timor. Well done, lads!


And here is the end result. A lovely picture of children of Timor-Leste playing with one of the puzzles created by Members of the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed. Community across borders!