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15 February 2020

Over the coming weeks, the Port Fairy Men's Shed will undertake a project to develop a new, modern, and simplified website. Please contact Geoff or Barry for membership details (on home page). 


Port Fairy Men's ShedPort Fairy is a small, coastal town situated in the south western, rural district of Victoria with a population of some 2,700 people.  Port Fairy’s charm, lifestyle and facilities means it is a preferred place of retirement, particularly for many people who grew up and spent their working life in neighbouring, rural communities and on farms in SW Victoria. 

As a consequence, Port Fairy has a relatively older population with many over 50 and not working full time.  The establishment of a Men's Shed was therefore pursued  to accommodate participation by these people who were still active, keen to provide volunteer work and had a vast range of skills and experience to support community activities.  Such activities, recognised as one of the key benefits of the Men's Shed movement, aims to contribute to their overall health and well-being. 


The decision to establish a Men's Shed in Port Fairy began in 2007 when the Port Fairy Lions Club was asked to construct a small shed at the Moyneyana Aged Care Hostel.  However, it was soon realised that a broader, community need existed for "workspace" beyond the needs of the residents in the Hostel.  Consequently, a public meeting, jointly sponsored by Lions Club and Moyne Health, was convened.  After the public meeting the Lions Club subsequently agreed to sponsor the Men’s Shed project.

The construction of the Port Fairy Men's Shed commenced in September 2009 following the awarding of a Men's Shed Program Grant by the Victorian Government's Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).  The DPCD grant of $50,000 awarded in July 2009, along with other major financial support provided by the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Pacific Hydro, the Ray & Joyce Uebergang Foundation, the Gardiner Foundation (FRRR), the Australian Lions Foundation and the Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation, meant that construction of the Shed - a $150,000 project - could commence.  

Other grants for equipment have been subsequently received form the RE Ross Trust, the Australian Government (Volunteer's grant) as well as major sponsorships by BA Building Supplies and Aussie Broadband, who provided a free Internet service.

MLC for Western Victoria, Jaala PulfordThe Shed construction was completed in February 2010. An official opening ceremony, attended by over 150 members and guests, was held on 9th April 2010 where the Shed was formally opened by the MLC for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford.