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The Victorian Men's Shed Association

The Victorian Men’s Shed Association was established in September 2007 to represent the independent community-based Men's Sheds in Victoria.

The purposes of the Association are:

  1. To foster the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds in Victoria.
  2. To advocate on behalf of Sheds to government, private and community sector organisations.
  3. To provide opportunities for bringing Sheds together to share and learn.

The VMSA has seen the number of Sheds in Victoria increase from 38 in 2007 to in excess of 325 on 01/05/2017.

Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM Governor of Victoria, is proud to be the Patron-in-Chief of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association


AGM & Dinner Dec 1st 2017

All Member Sheds are urged to send a representative with a signed delegate form

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November 2017 Newsletter

The November 2017 newsletter is now available

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Special Bulletin November 2017

The VMSA will be holding their AGM on Friday 1st December at Sandown Park Greyhound Racing facility, View Road, Springvale commencing at 2.00pm, this will be followed by the VMSA Gathering that will continue until approx. 5.00pm.

The Cost to attend the AGM and Gathering is free.

From 6.00pm – 8.30pm will be the celebration dinner. This dinner has been heavily subsidised for VMSA Members.

The cost of the Dinner is              

$30.00 for VMSA Members
$55.00 for non-VMSA members  

To register for the AGM/Gathering and or the dinner PLEASE CLICK HERE

Please find below the following five links

Letter to sheds re AGM

Nomination form to committee

Candidate profile

Delegate Form

Proxy Form

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Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM Governor of Victoria is proud to be the Patron-in-Chief of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association

Emailed to a Representative of every Men’s Shed in Victoria.
Please print out a copy and distribute to members of your Shed. 


In this Month’s Newsletter:

OVER 60s CRICKET 4    
EVENTS 12     



Hello Fellow shedders.

Many Sheds are being approached by Agencies to become National Disability Insurance Scheme providers. The VMSA is very concerned about any attempt to commercialise sheds. If a man with a disability is living in your community and wishes to join your shed then he should approach you directly.

There are too many risks in turning an Incorporated Community group into a Service.
Insurance may not cover these activities, there may be Goods and Services Tax implications, standards and requirements may be imposed on sheds externally, training and service delivery requirements may cause difficulties. There may also be OH&S requirements that may come in to play. Sheds may lose the ability to administer their shed effectively, these people may demand membership when they are not group members but consumers.

This brings me to the age old question of Women in sheds. We are so fortunate that the Men’s Shed movement is the most flexible and welcoming of all community groups. Many shedders believe that women, children etc. are entitled to membership of sheds on the grounds of anti- discrimination. This is absolutely untrue and has been tested in the various forums to prevent discrimination. Men’s Sheds are set up for men as a Special Interest Group. They run and offer membership to that Special Interest Group, this is not discriminatory it is simply good sense. The great thing is that men’s sheds can offer access to various other people not in their Special interest Group, unlike most other community groups.

The decision to admit or even withdraw access to other groups is and will always remain the right of your shed members. The VMSA recommends a frank and open discussion on who you give access to your shed. We also advise that most sheds have an Associate Membership which can be used to include those other groups if required. No group is required to give others voting rights not part of their Special Interest group and sheds should think long and hard before doing so.

We have had many instances of different groups forcing sheds to provide them voting rights and then using those rights to take over the shed and force out the original members.
Beware the Bush Lawyer ( Every shed has one) it is harder to reverse many decisions than to make sure you made the best informed decision for your shed and members in the first place.
Call the VMSA if you have any queries about Governance or other issues in your shed.
We have plenty of MOU’s and assistance available to sheds on any issue.

The next State-wide Gathering will be in Bendigo on March 17th we are expecting a huge turnout as the central Victorian Sheds have been hanging out for a VMSA Gathering locally.


Ric Blackburn

VMSA Executive Officer.



I would anticipate that some Sheds and Shedders have read the recent e-mails from AMSA concerning insurance matters and the relationship between AMSA and some of the States and I wish to briefly comment on these matters. Shedders will be aware that the VMSA was asked by Sheds at the Cobram Gathering in June 2016 to provide Sheds with alternative insurers. This information has now been provided to all Sheds through recent Bulletins and the January Newsletter and information is also on the VMSA website. (A reminder - AMSA insurances were due on the 28/02/17).

Lindsay Oates, President, and Phil. Keily, Vice President, attended a meeting in Melbourne in mid-January this year requested by Kevin Callinan, AMSA Chairman, who was accompanied by Paul Sladdin, attending as an AMSA appointed Board member. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the outcomes from the “4 States in Conversation” meeting held on the 16th and 17th November 2016. A letter from the VMSA on behalf of the “4 States” was given to the Chairman together with a legal report from Moore’s, (the VMSA Solicitors), on the serious concerns of the VMSA and “the 4 States in Conversation”, about the AMSA By-Laws, the proposed new constitution and the lack of consultation and communication from AMSA. The matters raised in the letter and the documents were asked to be addressed; to date these concerns have not been clarified to the satisfaction of the “4 States.” The VMSA does not wish to be involved in displaying correspondence on websites etc., or to get into letters and e-mails going out to Sheds all the time. This is, the VMSA has been advised, annoying to Sheds. Sheds want to know the outcomes but not every single letter or action or non-action of the parties concerned. The VMSA is the State body that the Sheds want to promote and assist new and existing Sheds, and in developing and organising programmes for Sheds and helping Sheds meet the needs of their members. The VMSA does keep in contact with the other States as it has found that this relationship of sharing ideas, governance, training, and the promotion of Sheds and of how we do things has benefited each of the States. This has not happened before and the VMSA has found other States as well as the VMSA are benefitting from this. The VMSA is not interfering in these States, it is sharing its information if it is asked for. The VMSA is interested in how other States organise and do clusters, (zone meetings), or events and in how they share information with Sheds. The AMSA matter is still ongoing and the VMSA will hold an “open and important discussion” at the Bendigo Gathering on the 17th March on this matter.

Membership of the VMSA is continuing to grow and the VMSA is approaching government and other sources seeking funding to enable the appointment of another staff member. The overall workload has increased markedly making it harder for the Executive Officer to fulfil his role in serving our members. An advertisement in this Newsletter seeks the assistance from Shedders or others in helping the VMSA find a suitable office and storage site, preferably in the Eastern Suburbs. A Strategic Planning Weekend and Committee meeting was held on the 17th, 18th and 19th February by the VMSA Committee and the Committee set out its draft Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. The Plan will be sent out shortly to all Sheds for their comment and feedback. These comments and any recommendations will be carefully considered for inclusion before the Plan is accepted by the VMSA Committee. The VMSA Committee looks forward to seeing as many Shedders as are able to attend the Bendigo Gathering on the 17th March. There will be a special announcement at the meeting that may be of benefit to all Shedders. The VMSA Committee wishes to thank the Victorian Dept. of Health and Human Services; our sponsors and donors; the auspicing bodies; and its member Sheds and Shedders for their ongoing support.

Lindsay Oates, President.



Cricket for Life

The Victorian Over 60 Cricket Association is about blokes in their 60s, 70s and even their 80s who just love cricket, the outdoors and want to stay fit and healthy. It's about playing with your mates, reliving old times and most of all, enjoying the fellowship and camaraderie of the local community cricket club.
Brighton Victoria hosted the world’s first cricket game for Over 60 year olds in 2003. From those
humble beginnings, Victoria now has 24 clubs in city and country regions with hundreds turning out every Sunday.
And if you can't make Sundays, there’s even mid-week cricket as well.
Cricket is Australia’s No:1 participation sport and Over 60s is its fastest growing market. And you don’t have to have been a star to get a game. Blokes who haven't played for 30, 40 and 50 years are donning the whites again. Talent is secondary to fun and friendship and celebrating the spirit of cricket with mates on and off the field.
For some there’s even the chance of higher honours. Each year Victorians compete against the Best of the Best from around Australia - including former Shield and Test cricketers - at the National O60s Championships. And the ultimate … Australian selection, a Baggy Green and an Ashes tour.
VOSCA tours to all parts of the cricketing world. Besides Europe and the UK, VOSCA has toured the USA,
Canada, West Indies, Cuba, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and even Iceland.
So come and join us. You'll be made welcome at any of the clubs that make up the VOSCA fraternity. Our playing rules are tailored for veterans, the cricket is relaxed and the camaraderie contagious.
"Join me and my cricketing mates on the park again this season" … Graham Yallop
For info on your local club or joining our fraternity, give Joel McGlynn a call on 0414 810 156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









The Ballarat Woodworkers Guild are to conduct a 'Woodies Swap Meet' at the Ballarat Showgrounds on Saturday, May 13, 2017, commencing at 10 am and closing around 4 pm.
  • All sites are under cover with free parking available in the Showgrounds.
  • Sites are available at $50 for a 3mx3m site or $80 for a 3mx6m site.
  • Each site includes admission for two people with public admission at $10/person.
  • Catering will be available on site.
Brendan Stemp will be demonstrating throughout the day and his knowledge and skills will certainly add to what should be a rewarding day.


Kenya Men’s Sheds



1.Initiating small self-help projects relevant to their communities, crafts and art making, welding and tree nurseries.
2.Having leisure resources such as a pool table and TV. Paying for a game of pool is a way to fundraise for the individual Men’s Shed. Also there are very few homes with TVs in rural Kenya and men can gather together to watch news and football matches at the shed.
3.Men undertaking table banking at the Shed. This is where men contribute little money to help take care of minor needs or someone in need of financial support among them. Improve the social, emotional and health aspects of men’s lives in Kenya. 
4.Engaging men to participate in local community development through educational workshops on issues relating to their communities e.g. alcohol and drugs addiction, unemployment and economic growth of their communities.
5.Promoting health matters such as by yearly health check campaigns such as HIV screening, Cancer and other health check-ups.
6.Introducing skills to members such as IT, woodwork and welding and improving literacy levels.



Things have happened at the Shed site with work commencing on the car parking area around the Shed and the surfacing of the Community Garden area. This work is being carried out by Chris Blake of Cobden and it will transform the surrounds of the Shed & garden.

It was explained that we now have three members trained by Holmesglen TAFE to become our trainers on Shed wood working machinery. In the interest of good OH&S in the Shed, no member will be permitted to operate the machinery after Feb 1st 2017, until they have attended and qualified in a session with one of the trainers. 




Showing good online presence and keeping people informed. Well Done Wonthaggi Woodies.!!
Like us on Facebook and tell your family and friends.



We have received 85% of the DHHS Men’s Shed Refurbishment Grant money and the process of getting our new shed constructed is well underway. The picture below shows what the new shed will look like. The size is 12 metres by 6.6 metres. It will be in the same profile as the current toymakers workshop and meeting room and will be like an extension of that building, but built flush with the current veranda. That will still allow a walk through to the rear carpark. A roller door will face our current roller door and another roller door will face White Road.





Victorian Men’s Shed Association Statewide Gathering

Bendigo Men in Sheds - Bendigo Salvation Army Workshop
65-71 Mundy Street, Bendigo.
9.30 for 10 am Start
Parking available onsite.
CONTROL + Click link below to Download Map



The VMSA need your help, we are looking for a permanent home.
Since the formation of the VMSA in September 2007, we have been operating from many homes, the homes of our committee members, and the homes of our Community Development Officer, then our Admin Officer, and more recently our Executive Officer.
While this has worked well in the past, we now have in excess of 350 sheds in Victoria, and we need to find a home, to allow us to continue to look after our members.
As we look to enter our 10th year this home will be paramount to allow us to accept more donated goods and materials. It will allow us room to check, test and sort these goods, and allow us the ability to accept a greater range of goods.
It will also allow us to have some office space, so Ric Blackburn has a workplace, where he can utilise volunteers, university graduates, and in time, supervise additional staff members.
It is somewhere we can have guests, sponsors, supporters come to meet us, where we can promote the Men’s Sheds in Victoria and the advantages of becoming a shedder.
It is a place of committee can meet, were presentations can be made, where we could provide information and training for shedders and committees of management, where we could organise product display nights, the uses are endless.
Our ideal home would be a factory or warehouse of about 350m2 located in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, with parking available and truck access for loading and unloading of materials and goods.
We would like to have a reception area, 3 or 4 offices, a kitchen / kitchenette, toilets, and ideally a large room (capable of seating 25 people) as a meeting / training / board room.
In addition would be a warehouse / storage facility capable of having pallet racking for the checking, storage and subsequent distribution of donated products.
With almost 17,500 members of 350 sheds in Victoria, if anyone knows of a property that might fit the above criteria, that may be available at a peppercorn rental please contact Ric Blackburn at the VMSA on 0418 465 228 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details of such a property and the contact details.




Alby barbequing at Bunnings


A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Rocher.
Two Indian junkies accidentally snorted curry powder instead of cocaine. 
Both in hospital...... One's in a korma....... The other's got a dodgy tikka!
Seven wheelchair athletes have been banned from the Paralympics after they tested positive for WD40.

VMSA Gatherings


2017 VMSA State-wide Gatherings

Bendigo 17th of March

To Register

Inverloch 23rd of June
VMSA 10th Anniversary Celebration!
Brimbank 24th of November 

Details to follow as arrangements confirmed.



The VMSA has received a number of queries and requests to find an avenue where sheds can easily list and advertise surplus items they have that they wish to donate to other sheds, or to promote activities that the Sheds are involved in - such as market days, or fundraisers.

The VMSA has recently created and trialled a Facebook page, this is now available to all sheds and shedders to join, and to place your ads and info on.

Please note this is not the avenue if you wish to sell your surplus goods, it is only if you want to donate the goods.
There are plenty of sites available such as eBay or Gumtree if you are looking to sell an item, The Facebook page is VMSA - Public Notices, you can search for it or go to,

Membership Enquiries
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The VMSA Newsletter is available online and can be subscribed to by following this link.
This Newsletter is being emailed to the Contact Person at each of the sheds on the VMSA subscriber list database. If you wish to subscribe directly click the “subscribe” button at
We are limited in our ability to send the Newsletter to every shedder and so we ask that as the CONTACT PERSON for your shed please print and display the Newsletter.

If you have something to share with other sheds, write a short article (photos are handy)
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Victorian Men’s Shed Association acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Disclaimer: This newsletter is for general information only. The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of VMSA Committee. Reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the material contained in this Newsletter is correct. However there is no responsibility for the accuracy or the completeness of the material.



President Lindsay Oates This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mirboo Nth Shed
Secretary David Mudge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drouin Shed

Treasurer Barry Watson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Heywood Shed
Vice President Phil Keily  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Stamford Park Shed


Max Powell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benalla Shed  
Barbara Look This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Milpara Shed  
Bob Forde This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Beaufort Shed  
Geoff Witmitz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Horsham Shed  
Bruce Ward This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ocean Grove & District Shed  

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