About our shed
The BMSA addresses the Issues of Men’s Health such as physical, emotional and social well-being within the Burdekin Community.
Management Committee Meetings -every 2nd Friday of the month com 10.00am
General Meetings-Every 3rd Saturday of the month com 1.30pm
A guest speaker addresses the members every general meeting on some Men’s Health Issue.
18years and older
New Membership fee $10.00
Annual membership fee $40.00
Membership fees payable 1st July each year.
The Burdekin Men’s Shed Association Inc. (BMSA) is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association No IA39344. The Association was established in June 2011 and operates from 5 Council leased sheds at 155-157 Young Street Ayr. The Men’s Sheds were officially opened in November 2012. The BMSA provides a safe and friendly environment where men of all ages can meet and have a chat and a cuppa, make new friends, share and learn new skills, contribute again to the Community and avail themselves to men’s health information and the community health resources available. BMSA addresses any issues of isolation loneliness and depression. The BMSA is registered with The Australian Men’s Shed Association Inc. (AMSA) No 100528 and has an Australian Business Number 41927352950, is endorsed as a Health Promotion Charity, has Income Tax exemption and has Deductible Gift Recipient status. The BMSA is not auspiced by any other organisation and therefore is responsible for all expenditure similar to a small business. Council rates, shed buildings /contents, member insurance and public liability, building repairs, maintenance and upgrades, allotment maintenance and landscaping, electricity fees, monthly newsletter cost and postage, post office box and bank fees, Office of Fair Trading fees, purchase and repairs of tools and equipment, electrical equipment annual retagging, fires extinguisher annual checks, publicity and general administration expenses are an example of the annual expenditure which has to be met by the Association. The BMSA welcomes any donations or sponsorships from individuals, families and companies who wish to support us in our vision of “addressing the issues of men’s health, (physical, emotional, and social well-being) within the Burdekin Health Community.” BMSA is managed by a 7 person Management Committee which meets monthly. Ordinary membership is open to any male aged 18 and over. The new membership fee is $10.00 and the annual membership is $40.00 per year. The BMSA finances have to rely on general fundraising, submitting funding grant submissions, sponsorships and donations from the Burdekin Community. The monthly general meetings are conducted the third Saturday of each month com. 2.00pm. A guest speaker gives a presentation on some aspect of men's health and social well being at each meeting. A meet and greet session is held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.00am 11.30am. Skills workshops and special social events will be added to the program subject to the member’s demand. All community males may attend our meet and greet sessions and general meetings and you are assured of a very warm welcome by our members. Burdekin Men’s Shed Association Inc.
Meeting / games room-Billiards, table bowls, TV lounge, kitchen
Workshop No 1-Woodworking, Workshop No 2- Welding and metal fabrication, Workshop No 3 Office and mechanical repairs
Front building-garage sale items, Normal toilet block and special disabled toilet/shower
Outdoor breeze way seating area, Raised vegetable garden beds, Orchard of citrus trees, Bananas, paw paws, passion fruit, Chook pen and eggs for sale
All buildings connected by pathways with full wheel chair access
The Burdekin Men's Shed Association Inc. operates from 5 leased sheds of approx. 600 square metres and an allotment of approx 3,000 square metres. Activities. A general meeting is conducted the 3rd Saturday of each month commencing at 1.30pm and a management committee meeting is held the 2nd Saturday of each month com 10.00am. Meet and greet sessions and working bees are held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.00am-11.30am. Social games sessions such as euchre, darts, table bowls, 8 ball pool, board games and crocquet are available to members. The members have access to a large meeting/recreation room which contains a modern kitchen, store room, meeting area, TV & DVD lounge area, book and magazine library, laptop and desktop computers and a games area. The members can perform woodcraft in Workshop No 1, metal craft and welding in Workshop No 2, and motor mechanics in Workshop No 3. BMSA conducts regular garage sales every 2 months from our large storage and show room in the front building. The large vegetable gardens contains 7 raised garden beds which provides fresh vegetables for the members. The members have installed a Solar hot water system and a 4.6KW Solar power system. These initiatives should negate any electricity bills and provide a steady income from selling electricity back to the power grid at 44 cents per KWk. The Shed now has a ground bore and allotment irrigation system. Again this bore should negate the Council excess water charges. The shed has a monthly waste container service which has proved very economical and saved on Council waste disposal charges.The members have established a beautification program for the allotment which consists of ten citrus trees, turf lawns, shrubs and flower gardens and weeping bottlebrush native trees.A person in a wheel chair can travel 2 blocks from the Ayr CBD on a concrete pathway and then access all BMSA buildings on wide 1.4m wide walkways. There is free car parking in the internal car park and plenty of free parking in Young Street in front of the sheds. A warm welcome awaits any visiting members from other Men's Sheds.
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— "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.
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