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.



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.


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.


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,

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.


Bob Small


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 – 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.



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,  

PPMSA President’s Report 2018-19

New Table Saw


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.

Festool Plunge Saw & Guide Rail System


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.