Newcastle Men’s Shed has finally found a place to call home after being forced to move five times in the past five years.
The keys to 99 Beaumont Street were handed over this week for the peppercorn rent of about $1 annually.
The 300-square-metre space, found through support from the local branch of Westpac and the Hamilton business community, will allow the shed to continue its role in helping men find mateship and build new skills.
Newcastle Men’s Shed President Neville Pollock was delighted to have found a permanent space.
“We are really excited to have a shop front where we can sell and display a lot of our work as well as the work of other men’s sheds in the Hunter Region,” he said.
“We also plan to set up a internet workshop for the elders in the community to help them out with things like internet banking.”
Hamilton Business Association Chair Janice Musumeci said the association was driven by a desire to fill empty shops.
“The men’s shed will bring a great sense of community to Hamilton,” she said.
“We have had a long association with the shed and [we’re] so pleased to welcome them into the Hamilton business precinct.”
The Newcastle Men’s Shed’s new workshop will be open to the public in the coming weeks.