About our shed

About Us

The Shed, located in the grounds of the Sunraysia TAFE in Mildura, was originally planned to be opened some 7 years ago but, due to some delays, was only constructed early in 2012. It provides a much needed facility for older men to meet, make friends, engage in activities, and gain information on a range of issues relevant to their personal situations. Now complete, it provides a place where men can put their skills to use for the benefit of the community. It also provides a place where participants can have a chat, learn new skills, give back to the community and provide an environment that is friendly and welcomes older men from all walks of life. To date there are 200  members many of whom have retired into Mildura and surrounding localities adopting this area as their new home, far removed from family and lifelong friends.

Shed Activities

The shed provides comradeship and activities for the senior men of the community, focusing on the promotion men’s health and well being whilst providing relief from individual isolation and allowing older, disadvantaged or disabled men to strengthen and maintain social networks and gain new friends.

It provides a facility for woodwork, automotive, metalwork and craft workshops, meeting room, kitchen, library and computer facilities. The project will also allow men who are currently isolated to engage with men of like circumstance or mind to work together in the community whilst based in a supportive environment.

The shed promotes a common theme across affiliated sheds with an aim to make men feel useful and able to contribute to their communities, learning or sharing their skills, making friends and participating in a wide variety of information programs.

The kitchen facilities, when completed, will be utilised for the provision of a program of Cooking for One or Two to prepare men for a time when they can no longer depend on a lifetime partner for domestic support. Instruction will be conducted by TAFE lecturers and other experienced members of the shed with a background in catering.

Men’s Peer Health initiatives with visiting or locally trained educators and the promotion of opportunities for younger men will be fostered for others to become involved in the shed activities. Members of the Sunraysia Men's Shed Inc will be trained in OH&S, First Aid and mentoring to support any member feeling their way in a new environment.

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Bruce Hurrell

453 Benetook Avenue Mildura, VIC 3500
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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