Men’s Shed Re-Opening

Following the announcement by the Victorian Government that restrictions will be lifted at 11.59pm tonight we have received notification from the Victorian Men’s Shed Association that we are permitted to re-open our sheds.

Therefore, the Dorcas Street shed will re-open at 9am on Friday 19/02/21 and regular scheduled Friday and Saturday sessions will continue.

Members are reminded of the conditions of entry that apply:

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Sheds (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Wear a fitted face mask at all times while indoors
  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Have their temperature checked by one of the on-duty supervisors,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Hopefully, we will be able to continue in 2021 without any further interruptions.

Please remember to stay safe, follow the rules and respect your fellow shed member.

Lockdown Closure

In accordance with today’s announcement from the Victorian Government regarding the lockdown from midnight tonight (Friday 12/2/21) the Shed will now be closed.

We will advise the shed re-opening date when notification is received from the State Government and we get the all-clear from the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Re-Opening 2021 Update

Opening Sessions

The re-opening for 2021 has changed slightly, we will now re-open at 10am on Saturday 30 January, with scheduled sessions for 2021 being:

Fridays

9am to 1pm

Saturdays

10am to 4.00pm

Cleanup Thanks

Thanks to the following members who gave their time during the break to assist with the shed clean up and maintenance:

Barry Bevan, Tony Donohue, Peter Wood, Justin Gates, Roger Joyce, Peter Greenacre, John Stirling, Tim Smith, Ian Cessford, David Radtke, Peter King, Tony Mitchell, Michael Zeeng, Coral-lee Keep, Jason Curran, Chris Kennard, Dermot Avon

Special mention and thanks to Rod Hall who put together the work schedule and organised the volunteer members. It is important for the health and safety of all members that the shed be kept in a clean and tidy state at all times.

You can assist by ensuring you:

  • Returning all tools to their correct storage position after you have finished using them.
  • Sweeping up any dust, off cuts etc as you are working.
  • Using scrap timber under your material if you are drilling on a work bench.
  • Using cover sheets if you are painting – on the work benches, floors or external paving.
  • Keeping your workstation area clean.
  • Storing any personal items, work in progress in the designated storage area.
  • Wiping down your workstation with the disinfectant provided after you have finished.
  • Helping to clean the floors, equipment, machines etc at the end of each session.

Storage

Due to restricted space, we do not have unlimited storage available for members personal items. During the break the external storage area behind the shed was extended, additional shelving was installed, and the area has been weather proofed. Thanks to:

  • Rod Hall and Tim Smith who fabricated the new steel shelving at our Port Melbourne Shed and installed on site.
  • Jason Curran who built and installed the end wall and doorway.

This is the only space available for members to store personal items and items should be clearly labelled and dated.

Internal storage is not available in the workshop or front meeting room. These areas need to be kept free of any incumbrance as we will be conducting activities with other community groups during the year.

Pergola

Unfortunately, we have encountered an unforeseen delay with the construction of the new pergola and as a temporary measure we will be using a non-permanent gazebo which will provide space for our three portable work benches (six workstations). If you are working in this area, please be aware of any possible noise issues for our neighbours who are located close by. If you feel there will be an issue with noise (routers, saws etc) please ask a supervisor if you can be re-located inside the shed.

Projects

We have a backlog of community projects to be completed, so if you are interested in helping out with these please email your details to Rod ( rodhall690@gmail.com ) who will arrange to put you in contact with a project leader.

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Shed (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Wearing of face masks is optional,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Supervisors

We are still looking for members to assist with supervisory duties at our sessions, if you are interested please have a chat with either Rod (0409 055 885) or Bob (0417 067 319) who are happy to explain the requirements of these roles.

Once again, please remain alert to the health and safety requirements in the shed so all members can enjoy a safe and accident free 2021.

Please free to contact me or any other Committee Members should you have any questions

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Port Phillip Men’s Shed

Men’s Shed – Re-Opening 2021

Best Wishes For 2021 to All Members and Their Families

Due to the limited attendance for our final clean-up day on Saturday 19 December we have been unable to finish the maintenance tasks that were scheduled for completion during the break. We currently have members working on these. Due to this delay, we are postponing the 2021 re-opening and will now re-open on the following dates:

Friday 29 January 2021

9am to 1pm

Saturday 30 January

10am to 4pm

These are our usual weekly opening hours and will continue during 2021 except for public holidays and long weekends, we will provide advice regarding these closer to the date they occur. All sessions are mixed and open to both men and women members.

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Shed (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Have their temperature checked by one of the on-duty supervisors,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Wear a fitted face mask at all times,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designated workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Conditions of entry and attendance will be reviewed and amended as required by Victorian State Government legislation.

The cooperation of members in adhering to the above conditions will help to ensure the health and safety of all members and is appreciated.

After the unforeseen challenges of 2020 we are looking forward to a more rewarding and fulfilling 2021 where we can all enjoy the satisfaction from “making stuff” in the shed and the company and camaraderie of our fellow shedders.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Regards

Bob

December / January Close / Open

Clean Up Day

Saturday 19 December 9am to 1pm

Saturday 19 December will be the last day we open for 2020 and is dedicated to cleaning up the shed and storage areas. As advised earlier any personal items or materials still stored in the workshop or meeting room will either be relocated to the expanded storage area (if correctly labelled and dated) or will be disposed of. Please ensure you have labelled any items you wish to keep.

We need members to assist with the cleaning and tidying up of all areas.

We will not be having our usual sit-down BBQ this year but will be providing a BBQ brunch for members, family and friends from 11am to 1pm.

Re-Open

Saturday 16 January 2021 10am

The shed will re-open for 2021 on the above time and day. During the break there will be some changes made to the layout of the machinery and equipment in the shed and members will need to familiarise themselves with these changes.

Regular Friday sessions (9am to 1pm) and Saturday session (10am to 4pm) will recommence and are open to all members (women and men). Shed closures due to public holidays etc will be advised as they are about to occur.

Projects

Project Assistance

We currently have several interesting projects on our list and need volunteers to work on.

Yes! We Have Re-opened again

Port Phillip Mens Shed has re-opened Fridays 9am to 1pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm for all members on both days.

We are operating within our Covid-19 safe plan, which includes restrictions on member numbers – 8 inside and 6 outside using our new portable work benches. All members will need to complete attendance register details and regular use of hand sanitising and social distancing rules is necessary.

There is no need to book attendance as it will be managed on a first-in basis.

Two supervisors will be on duty each day as normal.

Welcome back!

AGM Notice – 16 Nov 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association Incorporated will be held on Monday 16 November 2020, 7.30pm using Zoom online conferencing. Please refer to the attached AGM Notice and agenda.

All members are welcome to join. Zoom laptop/phone login details will be issued before the meeting.

Members may also submit a proxy voting form if they wish to vote but cannot attend the AGM – refer attached proxy voting form.

Members will be aware that our shed is run by a committee and all members are encouraged to consider joining the committee in an office bearer position (President; Secretary or Treasurer) or as a general committee member. New committee members not only bring new ideas to the sheds’ operations and vision, but also provide a break for those who have been on the committee for some time. Attached is a committee nomination form should you wish to nominate.

Our current secretary, Tony Donohue is planning to step down from the committee after the AGM. Any member wishing to discuss nominating for Secretary can contact Bob Small or Tony Donohue for more information. A role description for Secretary is also attached.

Other meeting documents to be presented at the meeting will be issued in due course.

Any questions, completed forms or meeting apologies should be emailed/mailed/hand to Tony Donohue, secretary@ppmsa.org.au

Shed has closed again. A message from our President Bob Small

Hi to All Members

Unfortunately, our short- lived re-opening of the shed is over and we are once again closing. This is in accordance with the Stay at Home restrictions that come into force at 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 8 July 2020).

We have no doubt this is for the benefit of all Victorians and we encourage members to comply with the restrictions that will be in place.

Should you have any personal belongings in the shed you wish to recover please let me know immediately and I will retrieve these for you tomorrow.

We will be issuing email updates over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we wish you and your family the best of health in the challenging times ahead. Should you require any assistance please feel free to contact me by email and I will endeavour to provide you with someone who can assist you.

Regards

Bob Small

President

Port Phillip Men’s Shed

SPUC Shed has Re-opened

Yes, after many months we re-opened our South Melbourne shed on Saturday 20 June and we have already had two successful Saturday’s with our revised covid-19 protocols. This has led us to consider opening on other days as well and if this occurs all members will be notified.

The shed has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised, and designated workstations have been delineated.

In order to comply fully with Government health regulations we have to limit attendance to 8 members and 2 supervisors to each session. No visitors can be accommodated at this time.

To maximise member attendance we will have two workshop sessions each Saturday, subject to availability of supervisors. A morning session 9.am – 12.30pm and an afternoon session 1pm to 4pm. Men and women members can attend on Saturday.

All members, except supervisors on duty, will have to book their attendance and details on how to do this will be emailed to members. Bookings will open at 8am on the Wednesday prior on a first in basis, but we will monitor attendance to allow as many members as possible to attend at least one session. Members who have not booked, cannot attend the shed.

Please contact a committee member if you have further questions.

Covid-19: Shed Closure

===>  SHED IS CLOSED  <===

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the Committee has now decided to close the Shed until further notice.

This action is consistent with recent Government action to restrict all non-essential gatherings and advice issued by the Australian Men’s Shed Association and Victorian Men’s Shed Association – see attachment below.

Any member wishing to retrieve any personal items from the shed should contact Bob Small (President) who will arrange access.

Your committee will continue to monitor developments and take action to re-open when appropriate.

Any member experiencing difficulties, for whatever reason, at this time should not hesitate to contact a committee member.

Please look after your family and yourself and don’t forget to follow all health guidelines being published by the authorities.

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