All posts by Robert COLLESS


AGM Board elections and Sameer Pandey 2019

On Saturday 7th September our shed held it’s AGM. IT was well attended by membership and the full Board of 7 was elected.

Our shed then held it’s annual post AGM chin wag and “Party” where we discussed what was good, what was not so good and what new initiatives we could look at going forward.

Also in Attendance was Sameer Pandey Councillor for parramatta ward City of Parramatta Council. Sameer kindly officiated the election of Board Members.

Delivery of two STREET LIBRARIES:

Dundas Public School Street Library

Dundas Public School and Carabella day care centre are now the proud owners of Street Libraries built by Parramatta District Men’s Shed.

Our Men’s shed was approached with a request to build Street Libraries for these two organisation …. they both approached our shed separately. We were able to meet their needs through purchase of marine grade plywood. The design came from one of our members who has a street library themselves and so the design we knew would work.

In the case of Carabella Day care Centre the Library was installed by their handyman on Friday and on Monday it was officially launched …. by Tuesday it was “Chocker Block” with donated books …. How excited were they!!!!!

Carabella Day Care street library

Always something to do at our shed

Always upgrading and installing Machinery
Some of our Maintenance team

You can always see something going on at our shed …. either new / upgraded equipment being installed ….. OR

Using leverage not muscle

Making stuff for the shed’s clients or just for themselves …… OR

Just having FUN cooking chestnuts on a cold winters day and enjoying good “Blokes Humour” and friendship ……


VISY Testimonial

Good morning Rob,

I wanted to extend thanks for the lovely crafted pen I received from Parramatta District Men’s Shed this morning via Iain Harris.

It is such a thoughtful gift and one I will certainly get a lot of use out of.

Please also extend a personal thank you to Frank who hand crafted this.

Kind Regards,

Visy โ€“ Executive Assistant





invites you to attend our Bi-annual

Parking Attendants


SUNDAY 4th November

from 10am to 4pm Building 23,

No 1 Fleet Street North Parramatta.

Hand Crafted
Goodies Galore for Sale

Something for Everyone

This Year in collaboration with

Parramatta Foundation Day



ย  Getting there


Registered Charity

Parramatta District Men’s Shed now a REGISTERED CHARITY

In May 2018,ย  the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) approved registration of PDMSInc as a Charity .

The ACNC notes that โ€œCharities play an essential role in the Australian community and are entitled to a range of benefits and taxation concessions because of their contribution to the public good.โ€

The registration of PDMS as a Charity recognises its role in the Parramatta Community and its contribution to the โ€œPublic goodโ€.

PDMS Hon. Secretary, Rob Colless commented:

“The achievement of charity status very much aligns with our Shed’s mission relating to Men’s health. It is another major step in forming an organisation that will continue to serve the local community for many years to come. It also helps to raise awarenes of the unique role of our Men’s shed in the community”

โ€œA very big thank you to the Acre Consulting team who worked on our submission for registration and dealing directly with ACNC on our behalf.

This was quite a big project for PDMS and included changing our Constitution to meet ACNCโ€™s registration requirements.

Being a registered charity reinforces public trust and confidence in PDMS and supports our fundraising work.โ€

Acre Consulting has partnered with PDMS since its formation in 2012 and has advised on Strategic and Business Planning processes and implementation, as well as advising the PDMS Board on specific projects.