The Buderim Men’s Shed is registered as a not-for-profit Association with the Queensland Department of Fair Trading and has also been issued with a tax reference from the Australian Taxation Office. The shed is not registered as exempt from GST.
Since our first meetings in late 2010 our membership has grown steadily. At the end of 2019 we had 312 members.
Membership is restricted to men over the age of 18.
Our shed is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) www.mensshed.org/home, who provide insurance cover for all shed members at a nominal cost ($25 per year). We are also members of the Queensland Men’s Shed Association (QMSA) and an active member of the Sunshine Coast Shed Cluster.
The cost of membership is $50 per year. This includes the cost of insurance ($25), with the remaining $25 going to general revenue and the shed maintenance fund.
The cost of attending the shed is $5 per person per week. A payment of $5 in any week permits the member to visit the shed as often as desired within that week.
The shed is open on the 5 working days of the week, with different activities occurring each day. The shed is closed in the evenings and at weekends unless there is a special event. As we enjoy the goodwill of our neighbours we attempt to keep noise to a minimum during the weekend and after hours.
With the permission of the group leader any member may join as many group activities as they wish at the shed.
Social and recreational activities, such as fishing, sporting trips, golf, etc. are open to all members. Partners are welcome at selected social events.
Membership application forms are available from the shed at 38 Advance Road Kuluin between 9.00am and 12.00pm weekdays. Please discuss with the Secretary upon arrival.
AGM and Management Committee
The Annual General meeting (AGM) of members is held each February, where the annual reports are presented and the election of office bearers and the Management Committee take place.
The Management Committee is made up of 10 members including the president, the secretary, the treasurer, and the shed co-ordinator. This committee meets regularly to conduct the affairs of the shed.
Besides the Management Committee there are a number of sub-committees that deal with specific areas of shed activities. These include Occupational Health and Safety, Grant Applications, Fundraising, and Health and Wellbeing, to name a few. Members are invited to volunteer for sub-committee participation.
A general meeting of shed members is held at 11:00am on the third Tuesday of each month.
Visitors, and those interested in finding out more about our shed, are most welcome to call in on any Tuesday morning. Visitors are asked to report to the front desk for a visitor’s badge, and are asked to wear appropriate footwear.
With the rapid growth of the Men’s Shed movement within Australia we may expect new sheds to be opened on the Sunshine Coast. In mid 2011 there were three sheds on the Sunshine Coast and at the end of November 2014 there are 9.
Our shed is instrumental in pursuing Cluster meetings with other sheds on the Sunshine Coast to discuss areas of mutual interest. We are also pursuing discussions with the Sunshine Coast Council to look at areas in which Men’s Sheds can be recognised and discuss areas of mutual interest to the communities
Details regarding the many and varied activities at the shed may be found elsewhere on this web site.
One of the characteristics of Men’s Sheds is that many of our members have some kind of disability and we are used to handling such circumstances- where we reasonably can, we adapt.
In the Shed environment many members have age related disabilities such as the need for glasses, hearing aids, walking aids and so on. Some members have more complex disabilities which are more difficult to manage.
If the legislation were to be very broadly summarised it is about treating people fairly and equitably whether or not they have a disability.
It is Australian Men’s Shed Association Policy that members have an opportunity to participate in activities; provided it can be done safely and the member can work independently without the need for expensive adaptations that could impact on a Shed’s viability.
Men’s Sheds are not a service delivery centre or a health related service nor are they managed by qualified health/education personnel but rather a community-based, not for profit project manned by volunteers.
Context for this Disability Policy Statement
Due to the limited resources and expertise of this shed applications for membership to the Buderim Men’s Shed can only be considered from able bodied men who are able to look after themselves or those who can attend with a full time carer.
Current members with new/worsening disabilities need to be aware of how the disability affects their safety and the safety of others. These members and or/carers need to advise the Shed Manager or Management Committee about any significant changes in risk. In such circumstances a revised Work Risk Assessment needs to be undertaken and, if necessary, a new Tag awarded.