About our shed

About Us

The Shed is a place for men to gather with other men and drink tea and coffee, scoff down a few bikkies, use profane language a lot, make stuff, fix stuff, cook lunch, eat well and enjoy a comraderie that can only be found where good men get together.

The Avoca Men's Shed came into being as part of an initiative concerning Men's Health.
The first General Meeting was held on the 1st August 2011 with a great turn-out of 18 interested men. The Men's shed was allocated a disused shed in the Avoca Recreation reserve, and after some renovation and a wiring upgrade,  the Shed's  Official Opening took place on the 3 October 2011.
Since then the Avoca Men's Shed has gone ahead in leaps and bounds:  (or given the age of some members.....skips and shuffles)

•      Membership has grown to 43 (as at the end of March 2012)
•      Plans have been submitted and approved for extension of the existing Shed facilities,
and work is in progress
•      The Shed members run a stall at the Monthly Riverside Market to raise funds for the extension
•      Shed equipment has grown from nothing to a reasonably equipped wood & metalworking facility
due to donations of equipment from members & the public
•      A veggie garden has been built - harvested - and re-planted. Most produce from the Garden is
donated to the Avoca Community Food Pantry

Find us


David Porra

MacIntosh Street Avoca, VIC 3467
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Positive impacts


"I've found a great group of mates"

Mateship is an important pillar of every Men’s Shed – first and foremost the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like-minded mates.


“I give back to the community”

Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.

Health & Wellbeing

“My health and wellbeing is better because I'm a Shedder”

Many shedders experience improved mental health outcomes. Men (and women) involved at their local Shed report increased self-esteem through participation and learning new skills; de-stigmatisation of experiencing mental health and de-stigmatisation of prevalent social issues related to mental health.

Watch — More than just a shed

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the national service provider supporting more than 1,200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations.

AMSA was established in 2007 by a collection of Australian independent community-based Men’s Sheds to represent, support and promote the Men’s Shed movement. It was founded on the principle of sharing information between sheds and those communities wishing to establish and operate a Men’s Shed. It acts as a central hub for information exchange.

Facts & Figures


Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)


More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries


The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)


More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds