When will the information session on site be?

The on-site information session was held on January 16, 2020, at The Joinery.

These FAQ's have been updated and expanded as a result of the questions raised by attendees.

Can individuals put in an EOI?

Yes, Council will accept EOI’s from individuals (all genders). The EOI you put forward can be a collaborative project between multiple individuals as well.

Can I liaise with Conservation Council to work up my EOI?

No, questions relating to the EOI, application and assessment process are to be emailed directly through to this email address.

Alternatively, a representative from the Conservation Council of SA will be present at the information session in January to answer specific questions relating to them.

How big is the land?

The space that is available for the Adelaide Men’s Shed is 154 square metres.

Is this the only option for the size of the site?

Yes. At this stage, the tenancy of the Conservation Council of SA has been extended to accommodate some of their existing tenants to provide space for the Adelaide Men's Shed.

The vacant land directly adjacent the Adelaide Men’s Shed site, which is Council-owned, is not available for this or any other community project. This land will be used during the construction of the Central Market Arcade.

Can the toilet and kitchen facilities of the Conservation Council building be used by the Adelaide Men's Shed?

Yes, there are shared facilities for all of the tenants within the Conservation Council building.

Are the toilets accessible?

There are no accessible toilets within the building. Given the land is a development site with medium term tenure, it is cost-prohibitive to refit the building with a compliant accessible toilet.

How will I know how much the set up for utilities will cost?

Questions relating to this are to be emailed directly through to this email address.

Alternatively, Council Asset and Facilities Management staff will also be present at the information session in January.

Proponents are encouraged to develop a site plan that includes the type of power that will be required and the number of power outlets as part of their EOI proposal.

How do you set up a Men’s Shed?

Men’s Sheds can be set up in a variety of ways and it is recommended that all proponents research the information available on the Australian Men’s Shed Association website on how they might be able to do this.

What is the intended lease period?

Five (5) years.

Does the Men’s Shed have to be a not for profit?

Yes, to be eligible for membership with the Australian Men’s Shed Association, the Adelaide Men’s Shed must be not for profit. The understanding is that money and funds raised by the Men’s Shed will be for the continuance of programs and for the benefit of the shed.

What activities will be provided in the Adelaide Men's Shed?

The on-site activities cannot be determined at this point in time. Activities that will be provided on site will be determined by the group or individual(s) who will run the Adelaide Men’s Shed.

What type of tools and facilities will be provided in the Adelaide Men's Shed?

The type of tools and facilities cannot be determined at this point in time. These will be determined by the group or individual(s) who will run the Adelaide Men’s Shed. Men’s Sheds across Australia and internationally have a variety of tools available and it is up to each Men’s Shed to decide what tools and activities they provide to their members.

How much will Council contribute to the setting up of the Adelaide Men's Shed?

Council has committed to supporting the project and will consider upfront or infrastructure costs to create a space and set up the Adelaide Men’s Shed. However, Council will assess each EOI in relation to Council’s contribution to total life costs and relative to public benefit.

In terms of external funding, there are opportunities within the Australian Men’s Shed Association for the Adelaide Men’s Shed to apply for funding for programs and equipment. Other external funding sources might also be available depending on the funding request and will be the responsibility of the Adelaide Men’s Shed provider to explore.


Is there an age restriction for attending the Adelaide Men's Shed?

It will be the responsibility of the group or individual(s) who will run Adelaide Men’s Shed to determine the kind of membership they will have including possible age limitations to the site. It is noted that the Men’s Shed will need to be responsible for any WHS, volunteer or other legislative requirements.

Can women attend activities or use equipment at the Adelaide Men’s Shed?

There are Men’s Sheds that operate as Community Sheds and as such, include women in their activities. However, it will be determined by the group or individual(s) who will run the Adelaide Men’s Shed if it will be open to women to attend.

Can other activities be carried out on site when it isn’t being used as a Men’s Shed?

Yes. However,  this will depend on the group or individual(s) who will run the Men’s Shed as well as which activities will be covered by their insurance.