Shed trip to Elphinstone Engineering

Nine Channel Shed members were treated to a fascinating tour of Elphinstone Engineering at Triabunna recently.
Owner Graeme Elphinstone told us why and how he started his successful weighing systems business and how he has a close relationship with his workforce.
Diversification has seen their weighing systems, weighbridges and trailers used in many modes all over Australia and Antarctica.
A top Tasmania enterprise.

Posted September 2022

Huon Aquaculture Hatchery Tour

On Wednesday 29th June 2022 CMS arranged with Huon Aquaculture to have a tour of their salmon hatchery facility at Forest Home in the Huon valley.

17 shed members replied to the invitation for the tour with a light lunch taken at “Willie Smiths” restaurant/café after the tour and prior to our return to Margate.

The tour for was full of information on the breeding habits of salmon along with the storing facilities from eggs through to the releasing stock size in vast storing tanks holding 100,000’s of young 80 gram fingerings.

For biosecurity reasons footwear in the form of rubber boots were supplied with a foot bath at the entrance of each room.

All questions were answered by the tour guide which made the tour very enjoyable and informative. From this facility the salmon are taken by road to Whale Point to be released into the pens in the open sea.

We have been offered a tour of the Whale Point facility if we would like to see the releasing of the hatchery stock. I believe would also be an interesting outing. Hopefully in a few months as the weather should be warmer, we will ask you all once again in the usual manner if you would like to do this trip.

The light lunch at “Willie Smiths” was enjoyed by all as the restaurant/café was very well organised for larger groups.

We would like to take this opportunity in thanking the Members who supplied the transport for the tour. Doing this carpooling makes organising our day out so much easier getting to and fro.

Ken, Social coordinator.

Posted July 2022

Christmas Function 2019

Channel Men’s Shed Christmas Function
It was a good night with the major surprise (for Jacquie at least) being the draw of the raffle.
Catering was, again, top of the range with entrees, oyster, ham, turkey, chicken and salads.
The Shed’s thanks go to our raffle sales persons together with all those in the back room.
A special thank you to all our Members who supported our 2019 Christmas function. From the feedback we have received it was a real success.
The function was attended by approximately 80 CMS Members and Partners, Stitch & Share and Boronia Trefoil Guild Ladies, plus invited guests.
We are grateful for Corporate support in the form of donations from Huon Aquaculture, Albatross Fisheries and Mures Fishing. The support provided has allowed us hold the event with minimal cost to CMS and Members.
The Committee would like to thank those Members/Partners who provided assistance with planning, preparation, sourcing of produce, presentation and service on the night, plus those who helped clean up after the event.
Specifically we would like to thank:

Front of House Ladies who also helped with preparation
Jenny Huntley
Judy Grant
Pam Morrison
Mary Shelley
Vicki Norris


John Rainbird
Trevor Grant
Steve Huntley
Todd Mazur

We do look forward to a similarly successful event next year.