About our shed

About Us

Walcha is situated 411km from Sydney, 270km from Newcastle along Thunderbolt's Way via Gloucester and 183km from Port Macquarie on the Oxley Highway. Walcha is about 64kms from Armidale, and 90 km to Tamworth on the junction of the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way. The Walcha shire is situated on the New England Tablelands and has some of the most breathtaking  scenery in the country. There are the outstanding formations of  the Apsley Falls and the Wild River gorges of the Macleay valley. The area has some of the most productive agricultural land which produces fine wool, fat lambs and cattle.

We obtained a lease from the Amaroo Land Council on the 1st November 2010 and commenced operation.The banner picture for the web site was taken the day the men's shed was officially opened on the 25th February 2011.

The Walcha Men's Shed provides a drop in centre for men to have a chat and interact with other men. Members can get involved in woodwork, metalwork or plant nursery depending on your interests or just drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a yarn. We also provide computer access for anyone wishing to access the web, send and receive email or even just write a letter. Don’t be shy, please feel free to drop in and visit us.

Shed Activities

We are always looking to offer a variety of programs and activities to suit a range of men’s interests and needs. Here are some of the things that are on offer.

  • Woodworking
  • Information on Mens Health issues
  • Welding and metal working
  • Community Projects
  • Furniture restoration
  • Nursery
  • Computers, Pool Table and Darts
  • Just share a yarn and a cup of tea or coffee with other blokes

The Walcha Men’s shed is a place where skilled and unskilled men of all ages can share time with each other, swapping yarns and working together on personal or community based projects.

Retired men find the shed a great social place. Men seeking new interests or skills will find it a more relaxed place to try something new.

All men are welcome to participate at the ‘Shed’ with many retired members of the community volunteering to help with running the Shed’s many projects and activities.

Find us

Contact

John Macpherson

Address
172W Fitzroy Street Walcha, NSW 2354
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Camaraderie

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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.

Community

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

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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.

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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.

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Sheds

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

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

30
Years

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

50,000+
Australians

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