A MEN'S shed is planned at Swansea, but women will be allowed in.
"It's called a men's shed, but we're not gender specific," Swansea Men's Shed vice-chairman Bill Geary said yesterday.
"Quite a lot of women like to do manual things, like woodwork."
Kids will be allowed in too.
"We aim to give kids the opportunity to learn to make things with their hands," Mr Geary said.
About 60 people had signed as members of the shed.
Lake Macquarie City councillors will consider tonight allowing the group to use the old Blacksmiths tourist information centre.
The council had planned last year to demolish the Pacific Highway building due to the $130,000 cost of repairing white-ant damage.
The men's shed group plan to repair the building.
Another community organisation, Hunter Workways, was vying to use the building, but council staff recommended that the men's shed group be allowed to rent it for $830 a year.