New Shed Build


After 6 Years the Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed has commenced construction of
a New Shed on land in Howard Street, licenced from the Coffs Harbour City Council.

STAGE 1     STAGE 2     STAGE 3

Stage 1

This 1st Stage of the Project referred to as "The Laying Of The Slab" has been entirely funded by two Grants.

Initial funding was provided by The NSW Goverment 2011 Community Building Partnership Program 
and this was backed up by a Grant from the Coffs Harbour City Council Community Capital Infrastructure Grant Program 2015-2016.

The Men's Shed extends a big Thank You to both the NSW Government and the Coffs Harbour City Council for these Grants.

Stage 1 consists of:

Signing the Licence Agreement for the land (Signed 26th Feb 2016)

Preparing the site including levelling, sewerage, drainage, water and electricity 

Preparing the site for concrete ie. laying of re-rnforcing steel, putting in cable conduits and plumbing points

Pouring the concrete

Publicity Shot - Breaking Ground
28th April 2016

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Men’s Shed president Dave Churchyard and Mayor Denise Knight turn the first sod at the new Men’s Shed development.
Photo and article courtesy Coffs Coast Advocate 30th April 2016

Progress Photos
April 2016

Framing the Slab

Pouring the Slab

More Stage 1 Photos

A collection of images from Shed members of the progress so far...

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Stage 2

Stage 2 on the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed New Shed Project has commenced.

This second Stage of the project is referred to as "Building The Basic Shed".

The majority of the funding for this Stage has been provided by
Coffs Harbour City Council Community Capital Infrastructure Grant Program 2016-2017.

This significant Grant provides  big step towards the realisation of

The Coffs Harbour Men's Shed dream of a New Shed.

Stage 2 Consists Of:

Ordering new shed materials  -  Erecting shed  -  Electrical fitout

Building of toilet, kitchen, shed office  -  Building mezzanine structure

Plumbing, tiling and wet seal works  -  Installation of solar electric system

Obtaining an Occupany Certificate  -  Moving in....

Erecting the Walls and Roof

Cladding the Walls

Almost ready
January 2017

Finally, we can start on the internals...

February 2017 Shed Update

Things are starting to move quickly towards moving into our new shed.

  • The electrical wiring for the kitchen and toilets have been roughed in. Bill Tindall and his offsider Brian are busily getting the wiring in for the lights and various power distribution points around the building. The council has lent us a scissor lift to access the high points in the roof at no cost. They have been most accommodating at every turn to assist us in moving in.
  • The plumbing has been roughed in for the toilets and kitchen as well as the solar hot water system on the roof. They have also plumbed in our fire hydrant reels and mounted them to the walls.
  • We have also placed a firm order for a mezzanine floor to be erected by Newstyle Sheds (Fair dinkum sheds) over the whole area from the kitchen all the way down to the end of the planned store room. This will cover almost 1/3rd of the shed area and should be finished by the end of March ready for us to move in. We can thank Mr Warren Skinner and the Calcutta he organised for the Coffs race day. His generous donation of the full proceeds has paid for about 75% of the cost.
  • An order has been placed for the solar electrics on the roof. Sometime in the next few weeks this should happen as well.
  • On Saturday 25th February Coffs Rotary Club had a working bee to fix the Gyrock and Villaboard linings to the framing. Once the joints have been set we can move on towards having the toilets etc in place. Hopefully this will satisfy council requirements and we can get the nod to move in.

Packing up Marcia Street
May 2017

Moving into the New Shed
May 2017

We've moved...
21st May 2017

A big thanks to all the members and volunteers who gave up their precious time. 

Many members showed up every day to help. You know who you are...

The 'OLD' shed is empty, and the 'NEW' shed at Howard Street is being fitted to accommodate more members, better facilities, more office space, and new areas for future projects and member's needs.

Behind the scenes the Committee is ensuring that all the financial and legal responsibilities are being met. Soon the car park will be converted to a bitumen base thanks to the Coffs Harbour City Council, the NBN is being organised, grants are being pursued to pay for all the new extras required, and some members are taking a well earned break after 18 months of tremendous effort.

More Stage 2 Photos

A collection of images from Shed members of the progress so far...

Click to access photos for Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 3 consists of the internal fittings and will commence around July 2017

It is conceived the work will consist of the following:

Building mezzanine activity/meeting/storage Rooms

Building/buying a paint booth

Relocating shipping containers

Installing dust extraction

Gardening and bbq works

Other stuff to make shed life beautiful

Official Opening

Internal Walls
February 2017

Shedders get together and under the guidance of the Committee get to work building the internal walls.

Car park surfacing
July 2017

Council lays down the foundation for a sealed car park.

Line marking was done in December 2018

New Paint Booth

A 2nd Hand Paint Booth has been acquired. 

The Savings in cost over a new system are substantial and allow us to use the excess funds for other necessities.

Already, the quality of painted articles has improved. 

We now have plenty of room to to sand, undercoat, paint and dry our timber products.

Progress on the Mezzanine
December 2017

With hard work by many members, the floor, walls and ceilings timbers have been installed.
Electrical wiring is in place, the stairs are fitted and the electric chairlift is up (and down) and running.
Please don't forget to leave the remote by the ChairLift....

The plan is for 5 rooms -  a small storage area, a Conference Room which can occupy 1 or 2 rooms via a divider, a computer room and 2 extra rooms for rent.
The Conference room will have a wall projector for training and entertainment.

The pace has slowed as we approach the end of the year but will no doubt return after the new Committee is elected.

Progress on the Mezzanine
February 2018

The internal walls are built, the wiring is in place, the insulation is installed, and some plasterboards are up.
As of this date we are waiting on Certifications and are using consultants to be precise in our build, and expedite the process.
It is hoped that we can finish by Easter so we can have the "Grand Opening".
Good news from the NBN is that the fibre cable is scheduled to be laid, as soon as Council approves the planned route.

Other pics here show the work areas being used prior to Wednesday's Monthly Committee Meeting.

Mezzanine and Shed Update
9th September 2018

During the Spring Clean, the shedders recommenced building the mezzanine area.
Apply the gyprock
Plaster in the joints
Paint the ceilings
Paint the walls
Finish the electrical

Mezzanine and Shed Update
15th November 2018

A final effort in November finished all the plastering, archtraves and painting.
Hand rails were installed along the stairs, plus safety treads.

Mezzanine and Shed Update
14th December 2018

In November and December an extra effort was made to finish the gyprock, plastering and painting.
The electricians wired in the power points, lighting, emergency lighting, architraves were finished,
a hand rail was installed and safety treads glued down. It is now practically finished.

Finished Garden Area 

Graham Miller took on the task of making our garden area, and he did a great job. 

We are growing corn, chillies, tomatoes and passionfruit.

No doubt this area will grow (pardon the pun).

Permanent Barbeque Area
December 2018

A group effort by shedders and volunteers created this amazing, relaxing area.
Bunnings donated the large stainless barbeque, and with donations we were able
to lay some concrete, and purchase a roof.
We get lovely sea breezes in the summer, so we often see shedders relaxing by the barbeque.

We are officially open - May 3 2019

Mayor Denise Knight and Ken Ryan 

officially open the Howards Street Men's Shed

in front of guests and members

on May 3rd 2019.