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Special order
Special order

Our shed received a very special and urgent request from a very generous community member. She wanted 20 nesting boxes to give to a friend in the recently fire affected area. This was her gift and way of showing respect for that local community.

Our members grabbed this with glee and joy, started work immediately. They followed the design and cut layouts for a Ring Tail Possum and Micro Bat nesting boxes. We devised the most efficient and minimal wastage cut patterns from sheets of 15mm Marine Plywood ….

This project was delivered in less then a month. Our new shed friends Alicia and Julie were surprised and overwhelmed with the quality and speed ny which our talented team delivered.

Files are here: 1. Ring tail possum box; 2. Ringtail cutting sheet; 3. Microbat nesting box; 4. Micro bat cutting sheet.

Team who did the work
Handover to very pleased new friends of the shed Alicia and Julie


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 ……





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



  Getting there


Registered Charity

Parramatta District Men’s Shed now a REGISTERED CHARITY

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

The ACNC notes that “Charities 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.”

The registration of PDMS as a Charity recognises its role in the Parramatta Community and its contribution to the “Public good”.

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”

“A 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 ACNC’s registration requirements.

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

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.


National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week …..

PDMSInc will have our shed open for this event on

SATURDAY 19th May 2018

No 1 Fleet Street,

North Parramatta

We invite you to join us for a rare opportunity to learn about the history of the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct.

On Saturday, 19 May, there will be tours of the grounds throughout the day, and an opportunity to peek inside some of the heritage buildings that are not normally open to the public. Heritage and archaeology specialists will be on hand, and there will be displays of information, as well as historic images and videos.

What’s on


Meg and Tom Keneally about writing “The Female Factory”.

Historian Dr Terry Smith, “From Female Factory to Public Asylum”.

Peek inside buildings and learn about the recent repair works.

See artefacts discovered during recent archaeological investigations.

Immerse yourself in the hidden history of Parramatta Girls Home with a 3D virtual reality experience


Take a tour of Parramatta Gaol led by Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council – $15 per person, tickets available HERE

Enjoy free guided tours of the grounds including:

The former Parramatta Female Factory and Lunatic Asylum.

Norma Parker Centre (former Orphanage / Parramatta Industrial School for Girls).

The native grey headed flying fox colony.

Entry to the heritage hub, talks, displays and tours of the grounds are free so bring the kids and enjoy a picnic. Snacks and drinks will also be available to purchase.CLICK HERE for further information or call 1800 256 330



First Aid Course 2018

  PDMSInc First Aid 2018 Refresher

PDMSInc do a First Aid Course

Members of Parramatta District Mens Shed successfully completed the Provide First Aid HLTAID003 course delivered through the Michael Hughes Foundation (MHF).

Our course presenter Kevin McSweeney instructed 14 PDMSInc members and 1 non member (through MHF) in the art of first aid. Kevin’s style was relaxed with a lot of personal experiences weaved into the instruction. This provided some very good context as to why First Aid is such an essential component for first responders / “good Samaritans” It also highlighted the need for these skills in all Mens Sheds. The course include CPR and AED (Defibrillators).

  Completing paperwork at start

                                  We got to practice everything as the course developed ……

  Rolling injured on their side

  CPR practice …. really exhausting!!!!

  Practice makes for quality


After lunch our participants were introduced to other First Aid activity, including what to do in case of snake and insect bites, scalding and electrical shocks. Of course then came the mandatory use of bandages and slings for immobilizing fractured limbs …… some of the participants really took advantage of this session to have a LOT of fun and some joking around!!!!!!

  now it’s your turn …..

  told you not to fool around…..

  Now we are getting serious … Right???


A huge THANK YOU to Kevin McSweeney and the Michael Hughes Foundation for running a great course …



Men Care Too

Men Care Too …. new website just launched ….

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