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TOMNET Inc. is The Older Mens Network

Established in Toowoomba in 2001, we are a not for profit group, offering a range of support services for older men over 50 years of age in regional, rural and remote locations within Australia. Our model is easily adaptable anywhere within Australia or Internationally. Contact us for further information. TOMNET has over 280 Members in Toowoomba, plus affiliated Rural groups, Professional Support services and Community Care programs.

Older Men Supporting Older Men

TOMNET provides older men with opportunities for mateship, the chance to re-connect with the community and cope positively with life after loss. TOMNET is a non-religious and non-party political organisation, and all men are considered equal.

Mateship, Well-being and Support

Our aim is to reach out to older men who are lonely, isolated and in need of friendship. Men over 50 years of age are welcome to get involved with TOMNET. There are many opportunities outlined on this page for building friendships and getting involved. Contact us for more information.


Affiliate Groups

12 affiliate groups in rural, regional and urban locations



60 Volunteers provide over 5,100 hours of community service supporting other isolated older men in the community

Key TOMNET Statistics


Annual Attendance

5714 annual attendances registered at weekly activities – demonstrating regular gatherings play an integral role in connecting older men to reduce isolation and loneliness


Centre Attendance

Over 4500 attendances are registered at the TOMNET Centre by Members, community Members and organisations. The Centre provides a safe haven for Members who need support



Our Members support our community in FIVE ways – reaching out to isolated older men in aged care facilities, living at home, in rural, regional and urban areas, through our telephone service, and mentoring youth

TOMNET inc Management Committee 2017

Executive Members

President – Stan Carroll
Vice President – Alan Yorkston
Treasurer – Terry Pailthorpe
Secretary – John Erbs

Ordinary Members

Paul Ede
John Miners
Allan Jones
Chris Martin
Peter Pickering
Greg Sellars
Jim Aulbury

Preventing Suicide in Older Men since 2001

Our expertise is Older Men. The Older Men’s Network was originally formed by eight older men who identified high levels of suicide in their peers within the Toowoomba community. They set to reduce this. The group was driven by older men, for older men – this fundamental principle is the reason for TOMNET’s continued success today.

The Management Committee meet every 3rd Monday of the month at 9.30 a.m., except December.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday | 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Friday | 9.00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed public holidays

Contact Form

Please use the contact form below to send your enquiry.
We will contact you as soon as possible, alternatively, please call the TOMNET Centre on 07 4638 9080.

How to find us?

223 Hume St, Toowoomba, Queensland
Phone: 07 4638 9080

Please prove you are a human:

What’s on at TOMNET?

Mon 25

Cards with Mates

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon 25

Yukana Mens Meeting

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed 27


September 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

TOMNET Newsletter

Keep up with what’s happening in your organisation. Featuring stories from bus trips, Volunteering, barbecues, helpful articles on men’s issues, a few jokes here and there, plus events and special interest group updates. Please contact us for previous versions of the Newsletter.

September Edition - Download Now (3 mb)

If you would like to receive the TOMNET Newsletter via email, please use the Contact Form to send us your email address and you will be added to our mailing list.

Older Men Hidden Hardships Documentary

The TOMNET DVD features the lives of six older blokes sharing their stories of hardship and personal struggles in an effort to highlight older mens issues.

“its not always easy, indeed its mostly very hard for older blokes to tell you how they really feel. Here are the stories of six of our older men, who courageously let us into their lives, their struggles, their innermost feelings and how they found light at the end of their personal tunnel.” Narrator – Royce Perkins

TOMNET DVD Fundraising

Sales of the TOMNET DVD help raise valuable funds for Members while spreading the message of older mens issues within the wider community.

The full 28 min DVD features the lives of six older blokes sharing their stories of hardship and personal struggles in an effort to highlight older men issues. To order your copy of the DVD, please contact the TOMNET Centre on (07) 4638 9080. $10 non – Members, $5 TOMNET Members




TOMNET is driven by Members, for Members. Our aim is to reach out to older men (over 50’s) who are lonely, isolated and in need of friendship. We provide support to improve men’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being and provide them with a sense of belonging.

Volunteering is at the heart of TOMNET. By working together, our team of Volunteers make a positive difference to the well-being of isolated and lonely older men in the community. Being a TOMNET Volunteer opens up a world of opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and meet new friends.

TOMNET Training is available to the following groups: TOMNET Members, TOMNET Volunteers, Mens Groups, Older persons organisations, Community organisations and professional staff of Government and non-government organisations.

Interest Groups and Regular Activities

TOMNET Members are involved in a range of activities which promote mateship, wellbeing and support. Our Members invite you to come along and meet a few of us, we all have something in common.

Wednesday Mens Meeting

TOMNET on Wednesday:

1.00 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. every Wednesday at Gold Park, located at 341 Hume St, Toowoomba

(entrance next to South Toowoomba Bowls Club)

Gold Park Location

Member driven – every week is different.

Guest Speakers, Life Stories, Trivia Days, Singing, Barbecues and much more.

Come in and meet some of the guys.

Thursday Mens Meeting

At the TOMNET centre (223 Hume St) on Thursdays, 20-30 blokes get together and shoot the breeze. Come in and have a coffee, meet a new mate or organise a get together.

From 9 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. every Thursday except for Public Holidays.

Monthly Interest Groups
TOMNET has a wide range of interest groups the men are currently involved with.

These include:

  • Photography – meet 2nd Friday of each month.
  • Cards – Mondays and Wednesdays (9 a.m. til 11.30 a.m.)
  • Chess – Wednesdays from 9 a.m.
  • Singing – every second Tuesday afternoon.
  • Art Group – soon to be announced – March 2017

Details can be found in our Newsletter or calling the TOMNET Centre.


Monthly Men at Work meetings

The Men at Work group has been setup to assist men deal with some of the issues of life that some have remained unresolved. This is also an opportunity to share with others who may have similar issues. Men at Work meet at St Bart’s Church, Stenner St on the 2nd Friday of each month except during January and December.

St Barts Church Stenner St

For more information please contact the TOMNET Centre on 4638 9080.

The meeting is strictly confidential and facilitated by a qualified counselor.

Aged Care Visiting Teams

TOMNET Volunteers visit several Aged Care facilities located around Toowoomba to talk to other older men who may be isolated because of health, transport, or any other reason.

Currently we visit Lourdes Aged Care, Yukana Retirement Village, BUPA Rangeville Aged Care, Nubeena Rest Home, Westhaven Retirement Village, Brodribb Home, Salem Lutheran Nursing Home and Symes Thorpe.

TOMNET’s message throughout the community…

TOMNET’s 12 affiliated Groups in QLD

The map below shows the groups actively supporting older men within their communities. Click on a pin to view contact details or call the TOMNET Centre (Toowoomba) on 07 4638 9080.

Setup your own TOMNET group…

Help spread the TOMNET message. We can help you setup your own older mens network. Call the TOMNET Centre for our step-by-step guide – we will help.

The Older Mens Network (Toowoomba)

The Older Mens Network – Toowoomba

  Address: 223 Hume St, Toowoomba, 4350 Phone: 07 – 4638 9080 Email:


Oakey Mens Group

Contact: George Lipman Phone: 4691 1173 / 0407 026 191 TOMNET Oakey

Bundaberg (BOMnet)

Bundaberg – BOMnet

Roma Mens Network - ROMnet


Phone: Bernie Shelton (0427 236 597) Email:

Inglewood Men's Shed

Inglewood Mens Group – “The Mates Shed”  c/- Andrew Granzotto Address: 55 Chilcott St, Inglewood, QLD 4387 PO Box 77, Inglewood, QLD 4387 Email:

Crows Nest Mens Group

Crows Nest Mens Group

  Address: Crows Nest Bowls Club Phone: Paul Fleming (4698 1056) Email:

MOMNET - Millmerran Mens Network

MOMnet – Millmerran

Address: Millmerran Community Support Centre, 50 Commens St, Millmerran Phone: 07 – 4695 1829

Highfields Mens Shed

Highfields Mens Shed

Address: Cabarlah, Qld Contact: Richard Creagh Phone: 0412 687 338 Check us on Facebook

Tara Mens Group

Tara Mens Group

Contact: Graeme Hopkins   –   0409 763 754 Second Contact: Ken Williams   –   4668 2127 Third Contact: Graham Muller   –

Goondiwindi Greys

Goondiwindi Greys   Meet last Thursday of each month for lunch at Care Goondiwindi, 52 Marshall Street Goondiwindi. Card games – Mondays at The Mens Shed – 10am. BYO morning tea – Tea/Coffee provided – Transport available please phone to make a booking. Contact: Yasmin Eelkema Phone: (07) 4670 0700 Email:

Toowoomba City Mens Shed Inc

Toowoomba City Mens Shed inc 100 Glenvale Rd & 127A James St Toowoomba Qld 4350 Contact: Ian Souter (Organiser) Phone: 0418 741 613 Email: or

Dalby Mens Group

Dalby Mens Group

  Contact: Leisa Finch (Facility and Program Coordinator) Phone: (07) 4662 0152 Email:

TOMNET - Mt Gravatt

The Older Mens Network – Mt Gravatt

Address: Tryon St, Greenleaves Retirement Village, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane Contact: Geoff Wilson Mobile Phone: 0412622779 Email: (Toowoomba email)

TOMNET Supporters: