Men’s Shed trailer now available

Need to move a stack of easels, pick up that new couch, or take a load of garden cuttings to the transfer station? After some great work by Rod, Justin, Rick, Bob and others, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed trailer is now operational.


The trailer is a 6×4 box trailer, with fixed bars at the front (as you see in the photo). The electrics / lights have been replaced, and it is better than new.

The trailer light plug has been ingeniously designed to plug into either a round or flat connector on the car.

A pouch is used at the back, into which you can slot the number plate of your car (print one on your printer, or do one by hand).

To use the trailer, get in touch with:

  • Rod Hall 0409 055 885; or
  • Bob Small 0417 067 319

Port Phillip Men’s Shed Expands Its Activities

From 11 August, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed will open mid week on Fridays from 9-1 at its Southport Uniting Care Shed, 317-29 Dorcas St, South Melbourne.

Mens-shed-SPUCThis is a chance for members to engage in activities mid-week, in addition to our usual Saturday and Wednesday morning (St Luke’s) and Saturday afternoon (Southport) sessions, which are for men only.

The new Friday session will welcome women members. This is the first time the PPMSA has opened its doors to women, who will be eligible to participate in workshop activities, social events and learning groups, as Associate Members. Membership forms can be obtained from our website:  All new members are required to undertake an induction and safety session prior to the use of any Shed equipment.

Any enquiries may be directed to either:

  • Don Laird, Secretary, Mob: 0438 001 721
  • Bob Small, President, Mob: 0417 067 319

Farewell to Nick & Ruth

The farewell for Nick & Ruth from St Lukes Church was well represented by members of the Shed, who attended Nick’s final service and the farewell lunch following.


Rick Phillips presented Ruth with a finely restored lawn edger, while Steve Shoup presented a wooden cross and plaque he made on behalf of all of the Shed members.

We wish Nick and Ruth every happiness during their retirement in the Blue Mountains.

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:


Mobile : 0466 525 910

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.


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.