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Forster Tuncurry Men’s Shed



December 2018


As we approach Christmas, our thoughts are with our families and friends. The President and all the committee wish all of our family of shed members a happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous and successful new year..


The date of this years Christmas Party has been announced as the 21st of December. We now have the septic tank removed from the yard so exciting plans can proceed with our outdoor BBQ area and the work on the DA for our storage extension building. Don't forget that the AGM is scheduled for 11:00 am Tuesday February 26th, next year. . All members are encouraged to attend and vote on your future. Please read details about the AGM, in the "News" section of the website, just search for the tab marked News. Nomination forms will soon be available for those who would like to be nominated for the committee or the executive positions.


It's important that each member understands that invoices will be emailed to those who have provided e-mail addresses, and sent through Australia Post to all the others...for you annual membership fees of $30.00. All members have one months grace to pay the invoice. Failure to pay your membership dues will render that member unfinancial at the end of January. Payment can be made by internet banking or in the office (with cash or card). You will all have a months grace for payment, more than enough time to ensure you will be able to vote at the February AGM as a Financial member. Thanks for your understanding...

Your newsletter will now be delivered electronically through this website. It seems that you have found it, congratulations. Subsequent issues will appear here just before the start of the month. This is to advise members as to what is coming up....enjoy. A few copies will be printed out for the tea room table. You can now print each article out at home, thanks to Shaun...just look for the "print' button...

All members are required to fill out a new information sheet to update our Members Register, please see Secretary Rick Coleman.

Our new Facebook page is receiving plenty of likes and comments. The new address is:

We now have listings for sale through Facebook on four (4) local Buy, Swap and Sell sites. We are hoping to give the wider public an insight into what we make and have for sale. Those sites are:

  • Buy Swap and Sell Taree 2430 and surroundings
  • Buy/Swap/Sell Taree, Cundletown, Wingham, Forster HOME AND GARDEN GOODS
  • Forster Tuncurry Trading Post & Community Page 2428
  • Buy/Swap/Sell Forster/Tuncurry

Committee Meetings

The committee will hold it’s next meeting on Wednesday 19th December at 11:00 am....just two days before the Christmas Party. The committee would like all shed members to know they are welcome to sit in and listen to what’s going on.


Guidelines of the shed ....(among others these are a few reminders for all of us)

  1. A minimum fee of $5 will be charged for all members projects. The Shed-Coordinators or project committee will determine the charges to be applied.
  2. Private Commercial projects are not permitted.
  3. 99% of timber is donated or recoveredfor raising revenuefor the shed. If you wish to purchase timber, a fee will be charged (dependant on type and quantity).
  4. Any member wishing to purchase a tool or spacialty timber, must put their name, the description of the item and the amount they are willing to pay on a tender form which will be displayed on the notice board for one week.




The following is an excerpt delevered at an AMSA Conference in Newcastle a

couple of years back. It relates to perecived threats to Men's Sheds

generally...worth a re-visit, I think.....

Threat 4

Over formalisation/over prescribing 
One of the reasons that men find Men‟s Sheds safe and comfortable environments to be in is that Sheds are generally as informal as they can possibly be while still complying with relevant laws and regulations especially around safety. 
Men seem to like informality rather than prescriptive management that may stifle the Sheds ability to adapt to changing shedders and their changing needs. 
Keep it simple and remember that the principles behind Men‟s Sheds are NOT rocket science – as a matter of fact the principles are very simple and generally do not need to be over complicated!


What's coming up in December...

  • Wednesday...19 December - the last Committee meeting for the calendar year...all welcome
  • Friday...21 December - Christmas Party at the shed.


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