About our shed

About Us

The Burrum District Community Men's Shed was incorporated in May 2012. We are situated in our new shed in Steley St Howard.

The shed was gifted to us by the Dept. of Defence, arranged by our local Federal Member Mr. Keith Pitt. Our members receive excellent support from the Fraser Coast Regional Council, in particular our two local government Councillors Rolf Light and James Hansen. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Qld Community Benefit Gambling Fund to erect the shed, on a block of land leased to us by the Council. The main source of income at this stage is Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings Hervey Bay but with the new shed in operation we will start to make projects for sale. Coles Supermarket at Pialba have become a sponsor supplying sausages for our sausage sizzles.

The Burrum Community Mens Shed is an important meeting place which provides a friendly environment where men of different ages and cultures come together to socialise, share life experiences and skills. The members of the shed makes things, fix things and support each other and their community. The aim of our shed is to promote the general, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of men.

Mens Sheds are now acknowledged as providing many benefits for the men who attend them and also for their families and friends as well as the communities in which they are situated.

Mens Sheds are friendly environments that cater for men of all interests, ages and cultures. They serve as important meeting places for men to socialize, share life experiences and skills, make items, support each other along with their communities.

By supporting the social, emotional, psychological and physical well being of men, they are also an important vehicle for maintaining mens health and for promoting healthy ageing.

Shed Activities

Community Grants by the Fraser Coast Regional Council provides the Burrum District Community Men's Shed with much needed income to complete important projects. Recently we received a grant for $2540.45.00 to connect power to a new shed erected by members.

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John Laffin

17 Steley Street Howard, QLD 4659
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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