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Ted O'Brien Sunshine Coast Member for Fairfax

The Inaugural National Women’s Shed Week is Launched in Coolum

The Coolum Women’s Shed is determined to buck the Australian mantra and prove that ‘sheds are for women too’ with the launch of the inaugural National Women’s Shed Week between 6 and 12 March.

President of Coolum Women’s Shed, Nell Harvey says she is proud to be bringing Australian Women’s Sheds closer together through the establishment of the annual event.  

“Women’s Sheds are all about improving the health and wellbeing of members through building connections, reducing isolation and encouraging the development of new skills,” Ms Harvey said.

“Our members understand the value of being involved with the women’s shed first-hand and so we want to support other women in Australia to do the same.”

“We are now speaking with over 30 sheds across Australia who have registered their sheds with us, many of which will be running their own events and programs throughout women’s shed week.”

Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien recently announced the inaugural Women’s Shed Week in the Australian Parliament on behalf of the Coolum Women’s Shed.

Mr O’Brien was also responsible for major tax reform that has enabled tax deductibility for all men’s and women’s sheds across the country and has recently announced $11,350 of Federal Grants for the Coolum Women’s Shed.

“I’m a massive advocate for men’s and women’s sheds across Australia because I have seen the positive impact these organisations have on people’s mental and physical wellbeing,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Now, thanks to the members of the Coolum Women’s Shed, it’s the Women’s Sheds that are on the national agenda this week.”

“I congratulate the Coolum Women’s Shed for its leadership in supporting the development of women’s sheds across the country.”

“It’s no coincidence that the inaugural National Women’s Shed Week coincides with International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week, with the shared aim of progressing the importance of equality for women.”

Coolum Women’s Shed is encouraging all Women’s Sheds to run events during this week, and to use the hashtag #NationalWomensShedWeek to help us share on social media. 

One of the key events throughout the week will be the open day on Saturday, 12 March between 10am and 3pm and is open to all women from the Sunshine Coast.

This year’s themes are #SHEddies and #OurTimeOurSpace which speak to the importance of a dedicated space for women to participate meaningful activities and build connections.

Organised by members of the Australian Women’s Shed Community, we have 300 members across Australia representing at least 20 existing sheds, and 20 sheds in the process of starting.  

National Women’s Shed Week will run between March 6 and March 12 and will highlight the breadth and variety of Women’s Sheds around Australia.

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