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.
Port Phillip Men’s Shed
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.
===> 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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association Incorporated was held at 6.30pm, Monday 11 November 2019 at SPUC Head Office meeting room, 317-329 Dorcas St., South Melbourne. 20 members and guests attended.
Bob Small, President delivered his president’s report for the period 1/7/2018 – 30/6/2019 (refer attachment below). Bob referred to our continuing membership growth; strong financial position and our ongoing support for local communities. He also acknowledged the continuing accommodation support from Southport Uniting Care and National Storage. Bob also focussed on our current safety record and the need for all members to be fully aware of their own and other members safety at all times.
The meeting endorsed our current fee structure of:
- $20 joining fee
- $40 annual membership fee
Regarding committee elections, there being no contested positions re-endorsed Bob Small (President); Tony Donohue (secretary) and the continuing election of Rod Hall (Workshop Manager), John Stirling, Barry Bevan and Peter Harkin as committee members. In addition two new committee members Peter King and Bill Tsialtas were also elected.
Bob especially thanked Justin Gates (Treasurer) and Stephen Ingrouille (Membership) who are stepping down from the committee for their invaluable support over a number of years. The role of Treasurer is currently vacant.
Any questions regarding the AGM should be directed to PPMSA Secretary, Tony Donohue, email@example.com
PPMSA President’s Report 2018-19
Rod (workshop manager). Frans and Tim assembling our new SawStop table saw, which has a number of new operational and safety features.
We will be providing supervisor and member training on this new saw once assembly and testing is complete.
The new saw was purchased utilising a grant received from the Australian Government, Dept. of Social Services.
Michael and Miguel constructing a bench using our new Festool plunge saw and guide rail system. This system allows timber edges to be cut, which are free of splinting, damage or burn marks. The system is quick to setup and use.
Members keen to use this system can review the following Youtube link:
This system was purchased utilising a grant received from the South Melbourne Community Chest.
There is no change too core content, but rather some wording has been changed to reflect current wording published by AMSA.
On 10 June 2019, the PPMSA committee reviewed and approved an update to our OH&S Policy – refer attached document.
All members should read this and be guided accordingly.
PPMSA Policy 003 Occupational Health & Safety 190610
All members are alerted to the following exclusions in regard to claiming related medical costs under our AMSA Voluntary Workers (members) Personal Accident insurance arrangement.
The principal exclusions applying are as follows:
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- All costs where Medicare covers any part of the cost.
The latter point above is particularly important because all general insurers are prohibited by law to insure what is knows as the “Gap” i.e. the difference between the full medical cost and any Medicare refund.
If a member is injured at the shed and seeks treatment at a Doctors General Practice, then Medicare would generally cover part of this service and our insurer would not cover the subsequent out-of-pocket expense. The out-of-pocket expense would be the member’s responsibility.
If a member has private medical insurance, then this may provide further reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.
Depending on the injury circumstances, the AMSA Insurance Program provides a number of defined injury benefits and for some, other insurance exclusions/limitations may also apply.
Members can read the full AMSA 2019/2020 Insurance Program Frequently Asked Questions, which are available at the SPUC shed.
The PPMSA Committee has recently reviewed, and approved, our shed rules to ensure these provide a framework for member safety and operational efficiency.
All members should take time to read these and be guided accordingly.
PPMSA Process 002 Shed Rules 190312