"We acknowledge we are gathered on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. We recognise the First People's relationship to this land and offer our respect to their elders, past and present"
"This is all about the men" and the community they live in.
The Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed Network (HBMSN) was established on the original "men's health" principles of the wider Men’s Shed Movement. The HBMSN came to fruition through the amalgamation of the previously separate, smaller Altona and Williamstown Men’s Sheds with cooperation from Hobsons Bay City Council (HBCC). This was made possible with HBCC providing ongoing support and the use of the building on the former EPA site within the area known as Truganina Explosives Reserve (TER) in Altona..
HBMSN has now grown to an average membership in excess of 300 members. We are here for the men in all aspects of health, wellbeing and peace of mind. We offer a wide range of interests and activities for our members as well as services for said members and the wider community. Whether you are into volunteering in a working style environment or just chilling with a few friends over a Friday BBQ lunch, we have something for everyone. While Men's Health remains our priority HBMSN over the years has developed into a "community shed" where membership is not based on gender alone.
HBMSN is idyllically situated within a large coastal green space, bayside in Altona. To the south lies Laverton Creek, Altona Foreshore Reserve, Cheetham Wetlands and the Bay to the southeast. As mentioned, we are immediately surrounded by remnant bushland (TER) with Kooringal Golf Course across the road to the North. The TER also has 2 heritage cottages on our Eastern side where there are additional "off site" activities conducted by HBMSN members.
"We look forward to welcoming you."
"The Shed is my reason for getting
out of bed each day "
When Australian singer songwriter John Williamson wrote his song '"The Shed" with the unforgettable line " All Australian boys need a shed" - it wasn't an idle thought.
Sheds have long been seen as a place where men seek solitude and time to themselves... but that's not the whole story.
The idea of a bloke's shed is now fundamental to a movement seeking to improve men's health and provide men with an opportunity to socialise with their mates.