Life Award 2019

Relationships Australia Tasmania today announced the winners of the 2019 LiFE Awards, recognising contribution to suicide prevention in Tasmania. Channel Men’s Shed Inc. has won the “Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention” award.

From the Relationship Australia’s Media release

Over the past six years, the organisation has provided a place for both men and women to come together and form friendships and support each other and their community.
The Shed has provided many retired people, with purpose and companionship and supports those who are unemployed, helping them to gain confidence and seek supports.
The Shed has taken a pro-active approach to supporting health and mental health and in collaboration with local service providers has hosted annual health check days for the past 3 years.

Click here for the full Relationships Australia media release

Life Award 2019

L to R  Dr. Michael Kelly (Chair, Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network), Debbie Evans (CEO , Lifeline Tasmania-award sponsor),  Lyndley Chopping (Committee Member, Channel Men’s Shed), Peter Norris (President, Channel Men’s Shed), Michael Ferguson (Minister for Health)

Next Shed Outing – Bruny Island


Updated with finalised details – 2 May 2019


We are delighted to confirm that arrangements for our “Shed” outing to Bruny Island have been finalised.

The outing will take place on THURSDAY June 13th. The luxury coach has been booked and we shall depart the Shed at 9:15am SHARP enabling us to catch the Bruny Ferry at 10.00am.

We shall have a morning tea at the “Murrayfield” Station, Trumpeter Bay followed by a visit to “Get Shucked Oysters” prior to having lunch at the Alonnah Hotel. We shall return to the Shed at around 4:30pm.

The cost for the trip is $25 per member with extra costs of oyster tasting and lunch at your own additional cost.

We do have a few seats on this outing available so if you have not yet booked and would like to join this great day out, please email Peter Shelley or phone on 0418 120 772.

A final email will be sent to all members who have booked with a detailed schedule for the day and a copy of the luncheon menu for your preview. This email will go out approximately ten days prior to the day of departure.

This will be another great day for Shed members so if you have not yet booked do so quickly as we expect the remaining few seats will go over the next few days.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please feel free to give me a call.

Cheers, Peter Shelley


Lovely Banks expedition

Lovely Banks – November 2018

The second CMS bus trip, to the Lovely Banks Shearing Shed was, thanks to the organisational skills of Peter Shelley and the generous hospitality of Gerard McShane, a rousing success.
Our coach was one of the luxury line, with air conditioning and seat belts – no school bus for Channel Men’s Shedders.

We departed from the Shed at 0900 hours with 32 members on board, stopped at the Kempton Sports Ground, for the morning tea, supplied as part of the coach hire, where Gerard joined us.

Replete with tea and cake, and with Gerard acting as tour guide, we proceeded to Lovely Banks (from Kempton as far as Oatlands) you will rarely be out of view of one of the McShane Properties, however, it was at Lovely Banks we debarked.
Gerard was incredibly generous in sharing his time and knowledge.

The twelve stand shearing shed was in full operation with one young woman – and her two dogs, responsible for keeping the flow of sheep up to the dozen shearers.

Shearing must be the original for back breaking work, your photographer’s back is still suffering just from watching.



At three dollars an animal, the gun shearer in the shed can earn $600 a day which sounds like really good money until you consider his working life, the demands of the job and its seasonal nature.