Women’s shed plan gains some traction

The Men’s Shed movement in Melton could be about to meet its match – a Women’s Shed.

A Melton and Brimbank men’s program was set up in 2012 as an informal setting to advise and improve men’s overall health.

Sheds already operate in Taylors Hill and Melton and Cambridge councillor Goran Kesic last week requested that the council explore different locations to establish a Women’s Shed in Caroline Springs or nearby.

“This does not necessarily mean finding a place where we’re going to erect a building, it is rather to find a warm space, especially with winter coming, for the Melton and Caroline Springs artists made up of 40 women and a few men,” Cr Kesic told last Monday’s meeting.

“These women are mothers, sisters, accountants, librarians, professionals and artists. At the moment they share their materials and resources and they open their homes for people to come take part in activities.

“I think exploring a space for them to use is a small step in the right direction.”

Cr Lara Carli said there might be possible sites in Diggers Rest or Rockbank that could also be explored for a Women’s Shed while Cr Sophie Ramsey questioned what the program would involve.

“What does a Women’s Shed imply?” Cr Ramsey said.

“Is it just four walls or does it include some art easels or some sewing machines … we need some consultation around this.”