June 2022 Newsletter
From the President
That's all folks,
- Rooms 1&2 Conference room
- Room 3 Bathroom/computer room (help work it out)
- Room 4 Craft rooms
- Rooms 5&6 Store rooms
Hence the opening up of the quite claustrophobic existing area to accommodate between 8 and 14 musicians has been very much welcomed by all. This number could grow even more as time passes.
Band members welcome any other shed members to come up, take a break and listen, be involved, tap your feet and sing along, any time we are playing on Tuesday and Friday mornings. We love to have an audience.
Thanks again to the committee and all involved for having the faith in seeing this exciting arm of the shed progress and grow.
Fellow Shedder: Tony Goninan
An exercise staircase for a physiotherapist's practice. Installed outside.
Disability services Members
Members Health & Well Being
Sudheer reckons that the Shed is machine paradise. He loves working with wood and creating things. He is grateful for how warmly he was accepted and is amazed at the depth of knowledge and skills of members.
Members are always happy to help and share their talents if you approach them in the right way. Members of course are busy doing their own thing!
Sudheer was born in the Highlands of Northern India in the late 50s to missionary parents. As you can imagine many of the luxuries we enjoy daily were thin on the ground in those days.
His sister had decided to come to Australia to study. She met her husband at college; they married and settled in Hobart. After a few years she persuaded Sudheer to immigrate. He started the immigration process, not an easy task, taking 4 years and a truck load of cash, however being a skilled offset printer helped with this process.
So in 1986 he settled in Hobart close to his sister and her husband. He had little trouble finding work and over the next 20 years had a satisfying career in printing. It was in Tasmania he met his wife and they have 3 children.
In 2008, Sudheer’s sister and husband decided to move up to Coffs Harbour. Sudheer decided that his aging bones had had enough of the cold and so he packed up the family and followed them to Coffs.
Printing jobs were limited but he managed to secure a job in a sign writing company. He really enjoyed this job because he learnt new skills and knowledge in a related industry.
Unfortunately, After 6 years the business went bust during the economic downturn, leaving Sudheer to look for a new job.
He managed to secure a position at Officeworks. He enjoyed the job and got on well with the boss.
Luck was not with Sudheer and he was involved in a car accident being hit by a P plater who was speeding and lost control of his car as he came around a corner. His injuries were severe and he was lucky to survive.
Officeworks held his job open for three years while he fought with the insurance company to pay for needed operations etc. Finally they had to let him go. His recuperation took years and he wasn’t getting any younger so by the time he could apply for a job he was behind the 8 ball.
Aged over 60 and with moderate disabilities, he found it it impossible to secure work in Coffs Harbour. He was forced to apply for Job Start. The Men’s Shed has been a god send.
If you haven't used a machine for sometime or just want help operating a machine, please ask at the Office.
Remember it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If a machine is not working properly please either report it to the Office or write it up on the white board outside the store room next to the drop saw.
We have a maintenance schedule but naturally things wear out. The committee strives to maintain the Shed at optimum usage for members but your help is required in reporting issues, returning tools and equipment to their storage areas and using the tools for the purposes that they were designed.
Examples of thoughtless use of Shed machines.
This drum sander is not designed to strip paint or glue from wood, as you can see from the above picture. This newly replaced belt has been rendered useless and will need to be replaced. It was reported by the next user who could then not work on their job.
The finishing sander obviously stopped doing the job so the member then used this oscillating sander to try and make his life easier, with the above result. This belt has also been rendered useless and will need to be replaced.
Our volunteer maintenance team get frustrated when they see such disregard for the machines. New belts will need to be sourced, purchased and replaced. All too frequently!
Note the cleaning stick on the deck. These are provided to prolong the life of the sanding belts. They should be used to clean off lodged sawdust in the belt when required.
To advance the health and well-being of Shed members in the Coffs Coast region by providing a safe, happy and non-judgemental environment where skilled and unskilled members of all ages and abilities can, in the company of other members pursue hobbies, pastimes and interests, learn new skills, practice and pass on old skills, learn about their own and others health and well-being, and by their efforts contribute to their families, friends, the shed and the broader community.
Tool Box meetings will be held at morning tea during week 3 following the Committee meeting to give feedback to members.
Free member luncheon will be provided on Tuesday, week 3, every month, as an initiative to promote social interaction away from the tools.
An increasing number of members are playing Crib during breaks. All are welcome to take part. If it becomes popular enough it could be offered as a regular activity at the Shed.
All members have a Competency Form kept in their file in the Office. It is important that you are signed off to use equipment in the Shed. In fact, it is a legal requirement for insurance and accreditation. The register must be kept up to date since the insurance company can refuse compensation claims for injury etc. if it is not. They have the right to request access to these records in processing claims. Please remember, equipment is replaced/updated as required. If you are unsure of your status please ask at the Office.
Improvements to the Shed
The latest improvement to the Shed is the installation of 2 LARGE ceiling fans to improve air circulation.
The fans were expertly installed by Brian Franklin ably assisted by Ken Ryan. Thanks guys for your untiring commitment and service to the Shed.
The Dust Extractor System
The other improvement is to change over all fixed machines to automatic dust extraction. There are only a few that had not been upgraded and they were causing confusion and problems. The Committee has decided to commit funds to this upgrade (on order).
The automatic gates open when the machine's starter button is pressed and shuts off the gate and the extractor fan when turned off.
The manual gates require the member to come to the control panel and press the remote starter for the extractor (pictured above being held by Alan).
They then needed to go back to the machine and open the gate.
The problem occurs when members forget to come back and press the stop button on the remote, hence the extractor will run continuously until somebody realised, sometimes the whole weekend can pass.
These are the directions on the back wall above the sanding table.
Home Solar Panel Install
If you are not the registered homeowner, but your spouse is, you may be considered eligible collectively as a household.
Managing Director of SAE Group Glen Ashton comments “We know electricity bills continue to place a lot of pressure on households, and we are pleased to be working with the NSW Government to help ease the pressure on low income households.
SAE Group are a locally owned and operated organisation with more than ten years’ experience in the solar industry. SAE Group are a Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer, and hold accreditations ISO 9001, AS/NZS4801 for safety and quality systems. Safety is paramount to us, and it our goal to ensure we provide quality solar systems to eligible households that will deliver ongoing savings for many years to come.
Want to find out more? Visit here to check your eligibility and apply online or visit SAE Group or call us on 1300 18 20 50. The Solar for Low Income Household Offer is supported by the NSW Government.
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!
This is a shot of my beauty. It really is harmless,
The Green or Common Tree Snake is one of the most commonly seen snakes in suburban backyards, parks, and even inner city gardens. It lives in northern and eastern Australia.
Management 2022 (voluntary)
President: Chris Hansen
Vice President: Robert Houston
Secretary: Tony Winter
Treasurer: Garth Howard
Assistant Secretary: Warren Sanger
Assistant Treasurer: Ken Ryan
Shed Managers & Office Administration:
Health & Welfare Officers:
Metalwork / Engineering:
Equipment Maintenance:Ken Ryan
Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed
The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed wishes to thank all our supporters, both large and small,
for their ongoing support and generous donations of time and money.