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2017 Gold Coast Conference

7th National Men’s Shed Conference | 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2017

The Cabot’s 7th National Men’s Shed Conference recognised the evolution of the Men’s Shed movement and celebrated the 10th anniversary of AMSA by focusing on grassroots shed operations and sustainability. 

A packed house of delegates met for a beachside brekkie at Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, shed tours, and tourist attractions on Friday. And, joined with our conference sponsors and exhibitors at our Welcome Reception on Friday evening where they were entertained by Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed Duo ‘Sons of Anykey’.

Following was two days of grand finals and interesting conference sessions, with something for every shedder:

  • After great feedback in 2015, the Shed Leaders session with John Peacock returned for another year, again with great insights for shed committee members.
  • Program highlights also included keynote presentations from Maxine Chaseling, John Macdonald and David Tubb (co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry).
  • A range of practical sessions were also offered, including a demonstration of the Carbatec SawStop, The Healthy Gourmet cooking demonstration, and Mac-Lace Leather hands-on workshop.

Delegate Handbook

Download a copy of the Conference Handbook here.


Official conference photography was taken by Craig Wetjen, photographer and author of Men and their Sheds. View an album of his photographs at


Sowing the seeds for sheds Maxine Chaseling
Men’s Sheds in Ireland Barry Sheridan
Irish Men’s Shed Association
Shed Insurance Sean McDermott
Everest Risk Group
Profit For Purpose Matt Plumridge
Conflict Resolution John Sharples
Annual Men’s Shed Survey – What you told us Barry Golding
AMSA Patron
Shed Presentations – ‘Shed Partnerships’ South Brisbane Men’s Shed
Pooraka Men’s Shed
Croydon Men’s Shed
BlazeAid & Men’s Sheds Brian Carr
BlazeAid Vice President
Men’s Health Professor John Macdonald
AMSA Patron
Sheds for Life – Men’s Health at the Irish Men’s Shed Association Edel Byrne
Irish Men’s Shed Association
Risk Management Matt Plumridge
Additional resources available in Member Resources
Liz MacDonald
Shed Leaders session John Peacock
Associations Forum
Shed Presentations – ‘In the Shed’ Thirroul Men’s Shed
Terrigal Community Men’s Shed
Shed Presentations – ‘Working with Young People’ Coral Coast Men’s Shed
Melton City Council