Volunteers Wanted – Get Involved

We have had a request from the Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre in Port Melbourne (Cnr Esplanade West and Liardet St) to assist them with the construction of a cubby house.

This is a fairly basic design and no special carpentry or building skills are required.


Cubby – design example

This is a great opportunity to get involved in an excellent community project.

If you are interested in helping out please contact Bob on:

Email: bob.small@cushwake.com

Mobile : 0466 525 910

Men’s Health Awareness Forum

What Every Man Should Know

Join us for an important Men’s Health information session in South Melbourne.health-image

When: 9.30am to 1.00pm, Saturday 1 April

Where: Southport Uniting Church, 317 – 329 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne (office building on right hand side)

9:30 Bowel cancer; how to  identify and treat it
10:15 Prostate cancer; why be concerned about it. What to do?
11:00 Morning tea
11:30 Depression. Who is affected? Can it be treated?
12:15 Your health and diet. What to eat and drink
1:00 Healthy Lunch

More info:

  • Free health checks are available throughout the morning.
  • Come to any or all sessions.
  • Parking at South Melbourne Market rooftop or surrounding streets (please be aware of parking time limits)

BOOKINGS by March 29 to Don:
Mobile: 0438 001 721
Email: donlaird@bigpond.com

St Kilda Primary School Project – Another Men’s Shed Community Project

A project building and installing a large compost bin compound for the St Kilda Primary School was completed on Saturday.

The project comprised three large bins in one structure being built from a non-treated timber. This was to avoid any chemicals normally used as part of the timber treatment being introduced into the community garden “food chain”.

We obtained 38mm Cypress Pine direct from the timber mill and this was used for all of the structure except bin lids. The structure was built in the SouthPort shed and then disassembled for transportation to the school. It was easily reassembled in about 2 hours.

Thanks to all the guys who assisted with the project; Don, Barry, Justin, Stephen and Craig. A great effort guys.

regards, Bob


The Green Thumb Club has arrived!!!


Are you a “green thumb”?

Do you or members of your family have an interest in growing your own vegetables?

Would you like to donate home grown vegetables to the needy?

If so, then you can now join the Men’s Shed Green Thumb Club.

We have had approval to develop a community garden adjacent to our Men’s Shed at SouthPort Uniting Church. We are seeking expressions of interest from our members or their family who wish to participate in this project.

We have been allocated an area that requires development including fencing, garden beds, garden shed, worm farm, compost bin, water tank etc. Members of the Green Thumb Club will be involved in this part of the project. The project will be fully paid for by the Men’s Shed.

We are also seeking a member to take the lead role in this project and to coordinate the various activities. Input and assistance from other members will be available.

If you are interested in participating please contact Bob on 0466 525 910.


Picture Framing Workshops – April 2017


We will be running Picture Frame Workshops on Saturday mornings in April 2017 as detailed below.

This workshop will cover:

  • selecting, cutting and gluing picture frame profiles
  • applying finishes to the picture frame, including decorative treatments
  • glass cutting
  • cutting card frame mounts
  • assembling the components

During the workshop sessions you will make a small frame to suit a photo or an object you have selected to frame.

Numbers will be limited so for bookings please contact Don Laird on 0438 001 721

Leadlighting Workshops – May 2017


We will be running a series of lead lighting workshops in May 2017 which will cover:

  • design considerations and constraints
  • glass cutting
  • leading up and soldering your project
  • applying finishes to your project

During the course of the workshop you will design and make a small window or a wall hanging.

Numbers will be limited so for bookings please contact Don Laird on 0438 001 721

Port Melbourne Metalworking Shed

Port Melbourne Metalworking Shed at National Storage

Port Melbourne Metalworking Shed at National Storage

Work has started on converting the Port Melbourne Metalworking Shed at National Storage, corner of Salmon Street and Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, into a fully equipped machine shop.

National Storage have generously donated the use of one of their sheds for the past 3 years and have recently agreed to allow us to use it for metalworking.

We have cleaned it out and recently purchased and installed a new lathe and mill complete with tooling etc.

The next step is to upgrade the wiring and lighting and set up a welding bay.

We expect to have the shed operational in December.

Please contact Rod Hall (0409 055 885) for further information or if you would like to get involved in setting the shed up.