INSPIRED by the success of men's sheds, plans are advanced for Albury's first women's shed.
A pavilion at the city's showground has been earmarked to host the venture which follows Thurgoona having been home to a men's shed since 2012.
Thurgoona Men's Shed publicity officer Ian Crane said, after feedback, it was decided it would be better to establish a women's shed than share the existing premises.
"Over the last four years, since the men's shed has been going, there's been numerous phone calls from women wanting to be able to come into the men's shed on different days and do work with timber or crafty things or growing vegetables," Mr Crane said.
"Each time the men's shed has said 'no', so I said 'fine, we'll set up our own and have it completely separate'."
A meeting will be held on Sunday at 11am at the showground's Rex H Wilson Hall which has been nominated to host the women's shed. Thurgoona resident Kay West urged other women to back the project.
"I've spoken to a few women and they all agree it's a great idea," Ms West said.
"I can imagine we'll get together and learn new skills.
"Most guys know what tools to use and products.
"We feel a bit helpless and rely on the males to do that and we want to obtain those skills." Ms West she could understand the men at Thurgoona felt the shed was their "last bastion".
Mr Crane said there were concerns there was not enough space at Thurgoona to cater for women's projects.
He said the showground trust had been welcoming. "The showground trust contacted us and asked for help to set up for the caravan and camping show and we got talking," Mr Crane said.
"We said 'we're trying to find somewhere in Albury to set up a women's shed' and that's when the showground trust said 'we've got plenty of sheds here, we can work a deal here'."
Mr Crane said the horticulture and gemstones pavilions were seen as too big and too small respectively.
The Wilson Hall would need a kitchenette and a clean-up before donations for benches and tools were sought, Mr Crane said.
Ms West saw value in a women's shed after being frustrated at having to call in help for jobs such as hanging art and putting weather strips on exterior doors. She said tackling tool safety would be a shed benefit.
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