Plaque lauds Hi­lary

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

IT may seem strange that a woman started a men’s shed but in Hi­lary Peters’ case her work was in­flu­en­tial.

As the in­sti­ga­tor of the Man­ning Men’s Shed, she was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting it up and run­ning be­fore she died in 2015.

To hon­our the for­mer Man­ning Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre sec­re­tary’s work, a plaque was un­veiled on Oc­to­ber 27 in her hon­our.

Greg Peters said he was ap­pre­cia­tive of the ac­knowl­edge­ment that his mother re­ceived.

“She had a real pas­sion for the men’s shed and no mat­ter the hur­dles, she saw through,” he said.

Man­ning Men’s Shed co-or­di­na­tor Ron Tomp­kin said the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the men’s shed came from Mrs Peters af­ter she saw sim­i­lar con­cepts on tele­vi­sion.

“She con­tacted the men’s shed in Fre­man­tle and came to us with all the re­search, she wouldn’t let it go,” he said.

Man­ning Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre chair­woman Shar­ron Hawkins-Zeeb said Mrs Peters was ded­i­cated to the cause.

“She would come into the meet­ings car­ry­ing an oxy­gen tank, she was al­ways on the ball,” she said.

“When the men’s shed was opened, she came in and had a it beam­ing smile, you could see the sat­is­fac­tion.”

Among the peo­ple to speak dur­ing the plaque un­veil­ing was for­mer City of South Perth Mayor and Man­ning Se­niors Cit­i­zens Cen­tre life mem­ber John Collins and South Perth MLA John McGrath.

In at­ten­dance were mem­bers of the Man­ning Men’s Shed and Mrs Peters fam­ily mem­bers.

The men’s shed was opened in Fe­bru­ary 2015 at a cost of $430,000 and its an­nual bud­get has grown from $5000 to $60,000. The shed has about 20 mem­bers us­ing it ev­ery day, who help out with com­mu­nity projects.

Man­ning Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre life mem­ber John Collins, Hi­lary Peters’ son Greg Peters, daugh­ter Chris­tine Laird and son Craig Peters (far right) with South Perth MP John McGrath.

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