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BBQ @ Coles

Gary, Dick and Scott doing a fine job on the BBQ at Coles Wodonga on Saturday 24th November . A very busy day with lots of talk about the OH&S issues of the onions on top of the snags. It is a political correctness world where if the sausage sandwich is not made correctly you… continue reading

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Meat Raffle Winner

This weeks meat raffle winner was Alan Dunn. Raised some more funds for the shed.  Thank you to all that purchased a ticket in this raffle but there can be only one winner. 

Possum Boxes in the Forest

Last Friday several of our shed members (the elite possum box construction team) accompanied  Shane from Parklands Albury Wodonga to check out some the boxes installed in a greenbelt adjacent to the housing estate at Baranduda. Shane demonstrated how the boxes were monitored and checking  to ensure the least disturbance to any possums occupying the… continue reading

Possum Boxes

Construction of Possom Boxes is well under way.

Our Workshop

The Wodonga Men’s Shed currently has a relatively small but well equipped workshop. It is adequate for the existing number of members that participate in workshop activities, however with significant growth in overall numbers anticipated our workshop will also need to develop further in terms of space and equipment.

As you can see from the image below, our Shed has a well equiped workshop. The operation of the workshop is governed by standard workshop health and safety procedures and the onus is on all members to ensure safe work practices are adopted by all members.

The History of Wodonga Men’s Shed

A discussion took place over coffee In March 2008 with Alec Thompson and Ken Farrar to discuss the possibility of commencing a Wodonga Men’s Shed (WMS). In February 2009 the inaugural meeting of the WMS was held 80 people interested parties attended, as a result the initial management committee was formed comprising of Ken Farrar (Chairman), Ron Lutton (Secretary), Robert Voss (Treasurer).

In early 2009 with the support of the Wodonga Council and Upper Murray Family Care the WMS were offered the use of Emerald House located at 20 Emerald Avenue West Wodonga.

In June 2009 the WMS became an incorporated body and later that year received a grant of $8500.00 from the Wodonga City Council to erect a workshop in the backyard of Emerald House. With an expanding membership base of 60 members the existing facilities is no longer viable. In January, 2016 a new shed fundraising committee was established to raise the funds required to build a purpose built shed on land to be supplied by the Wodonga Council.

The purpose behind the new shed project is to:

1. Increase our space and capacity to offer a broader range of projects and activities to our members
2. Continue to increase our membership base
3. Build a multi-purpose facility to cater for the needs of other community organisations

In September, 2016 the Wodonga Mens Shed (WMS) secured a grant from the Victorian Government for $60,000 under the “strengthening mens shed program”. In December 2016 WMS secured a lease with the Wodonga Council over land located in Jamieson Court West Wodonga.

The Fundraising Committee in January 2017 embarked on the second stage of the Project being the Building Fit Out Lanscaping and Equipment purchase. Following the success of our second stage Fundraising Program the New Purpose Built Facility at Jamieson Court is nearing completion.

The re-location from the existing site at 20 Emerald Avenue is scheduled for the End of October 2017 with the Official Opening at Jamieson Court set for early December 2017.