How can the Community Shed best meet the needs of the community?

Council has begun construction of a Community Shed at Moorleigh Village. Construction is planned for completion in the second half of 2020.

The Shed will become a community space which will cater for a broad range of practical and workshop activities, for example; community projects, creative arts and building new skills.

We are already working with the Bentmoor Men's Shed, who will be a lead tenant at the Moorleigh Community Shed, and are now interested in hearing from other community groups who would also like to use the Shed for an activity or program.


Council has begun construction of a Community Shed at Moorleigh Village. Construction is planned for completion in the second half of 2020.

The Shed will become a community space which will cater for a broad range of practical and workshop activities, for example; community projects, creative arts and building new skills.

We are already working with the Bentmoor Men's Shed, who will be a lead tenant at the Moorleigh Community Shed, and are now interested in hearing from other community groups who would also like to use the Shed for an activity or program.


  • We Asked — You Said — We Did

    We asked

    Community Sheds are creative and productive spaces for people to gather, meet others, and work on projects. A major objective is to advance the health and wellbeing of their members. There are more than 350 Community and Men's Sheds in Victoria.

    We wanted to know if there was community support for a Community or Men's Shed within Glen Eira. We used the Have Your Say platform, conducted a survey, ran community drop-in sessions and consulted with key stakeholders. We completed two rounds of community engagement on this topic.

    You said

    The first round of community engagement was held during January and February 2018 and a total of 198 people completed a survey. Almost everyone (90%) supported the construction of a new shed in Glen Eira and preferred a Community Shed; open to everyone, over a Men’s Shed.

    The second round of community engagement was held during March and April 2019. The aim of this engagement was to gain feedback on the design for a new community shed at Moorleigh Village in Bentleigh East. Six people contributed to the Have Your Say online forum, three community groups attended the stakeholder forum, 29 people attended the community drop-in session and several meetings were held with key stakeholders.

    You told us that:

    • Woodworking and metalwork rooms need to be larger
    • Sufficient and lockable storage space is required
    • Users of the shed need access to a quiet space for meals and chats
    • The construction of the new shed will increase demands on parking.

    We did

    After the first round of community engagement, we analysed the feedback and prepared a report. This report was presented to Council in March 2018. Council considered the report and moved to allocate budget funds toward the design and construction of a shed.

    After the second round of community engagement, we analysed the feedback and worked with an architect to incorporate this feedback. The new Community Shed will begin to be constructed later in 2019 at Moorleigh Village.

    We now want to hear from community groups who are interested in running activities at the Community Shed, and also want to understand from the broader community how they feel the Shed can meet the needs of the community.
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