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Parramatta To Get Its Very Own Women's Shed

Men’s Sheds have become a common sight in Australia over the past ten years, providing men a space to tinker with projects and bond with other men, and now comes the news that one of the first Women’s Sheds in Australia is set to open in Parramatta.

A partnership between Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) and the Bower Reuse & Repair Centre is now bringing this groundbreaking concept to Parramatta.

Parramatta Women’s Shed will provide low-cost workshops on using power tools, woodwork, car maintenance and house painting – essentially, a range of DIY skills that many women have not been encouraged to learn growing up.

SALT, an organisation of female carpenters, painters, electricians and other tradeswomen, made headlines in 2017 when they launched the Skill Women’s Shed in Quakers Hill.

This second space at the Bower Parramatta will extend their reach further and is differentiated by using only recycled building materials, to align with the Bower’s principles.

Fi Shewring, SALT’s President, said, ‘SALT is thrilled to see the rise in Women’s Sheds which we are excited to be part of and supporting. Women’s Sheds serve a different purpose to the Men’s Sheds, in that they provide skills which make women more confident and independent. We are totally committed to changing what women think they can do and what society thinks women can do. The SALT-Bower Parramatta Women’s Shed will bring a different aspect of recycling and upcycling to our work, and we are delighted to partner with the Bower in this initiative.’

On 7 and 8 April a weekend of exciting events will take place at the Bower.

Saturday the 7th will see ParraPickers Trash &Treasure Market happen while on Sunday the 8th the launch of The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre at Hunter Street, Parramatta will be held.

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