Parramatta Women’s Shed

Thanks to the support of City of Parramatta Council, Parramatta Women’s Shed is now helping the women of Western Sydney gain the confidence to pick up tools.

After an exciting launch, when forty women visited the Bower Reuse & Repair Centre to discuss their interests and hopes for what the Women’s Shed would offer, a program of hands-on workshops taught by female instructors has been developed. Join the mailing list here and stay up to date with all the latest about the Women’s Shed. 

Intro to Power Tools

We know you’re itching to use power tools! This workshop gets right to the good stuff: drilling, sawing and chopping. You’ll learn to use a range of power tools and a few hand tools thrown in for good measure.

Sunday 2 December – BOOK NOW – ONE TICKET LEFT!

Basic Carpentry Workshops:

Learn how to plan a project and work with both power and hand tools while finishing a basic box construction.

Sunday 18 November 10am-3pm – BOOK NOW – ONE TICKET LEFT!

Marrickville Men’s Shed

Meets every Thursday 10:00am to 2:00pm.

They work on projects in The Bower toolshed and the Greening Australia backyard (next door). Currently they’re building custom tool cabinets to sort out 8 years worth of collected, salvaged and reused tools.

In August 2011, The Bower held an innaugural meeting of The Marrickville Men’s Shed.

The Marrickville Shed is a great space for guys to get together and build projects to help out the community. The Bower has a community workshop chock full of repaired and restored tools and we can’t wait to see what the guys will do with it all once it’s sorted out and ready for action!

The program was begun with considerable help from Marrickville Council as well as input from the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre‘s Boarding House Project and Greening Australia.

The Bower was successful in securing seed funding through the CDSE program. Money donated by Canterbury and Hurlstone Park RSL Club allowed for the hiring of a facilitator to oversee the first 6 months of the shed. Michael ensures the workshop is safe and well equipped and is helping the guys find their feet in a group situation.

When the shed is ship-shape they’ll begin other Reuse and Repair projects, working with goods donated to The Bower.

You can see more of what the Men’s Shed get up to by stopping by on a Thursday between 10 and 2pm.


Banga Community Shed will be open for visitors from Monday 3rd of December (weekdays only). The shed will be a community hub for skillsharing and repairs of electronics. You can bring your donations of electrical appliances directly to Banga. 

In future we’ll be running electrical Repair Cafes, workshops, tagging and testing services and a tool library. We’ll be rolling these services early in 2019.