About our shed
The group’s main aim is to advance the mental health and well being of our members and to relieve social isolation through participation in the hobby of N scale railway modelling.
As a registered Australian Men’s Shed, we provide an opportunity and safe environment for people to come together and enjoy each other’s company and chat about whatever they want. The talk is not always about model railways. However, that does take up the majority of our time. The group offers guidance, advice, demonstrations, workshops and practical tips on all aspects of the fascinating hobby that is railway modelling. This includes but is not limited to the following:
maintenance of locomotives, rolling stock, trackwork, scenery and modules
construction of scenery, landscape and buildings
the use of electronics and computing for model railway operations
considerations for layout design and construction
The group has an extensive modular layout on which we run a worldwide range of locomotives and rolling stock. We hold regular running sessions, workshops and attend all the local model railway exhibitions.
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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