2017 Conference Program


Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017

Merredin Leisure Centre

Draft Program 26-7-17

Master of Ceremonies:

Mike Wiggin, Promotions and Development Officer, Western Australian Men’s Shed Association

Saturday 2 September


12 noon Registration, Trade Exhibition, light lunch
1.00pm Welcome to Country Michael Hayden
1.10pm Welcome to Merredin Councillor Ken Hooper, President, Shire of Merredin
1.20pm Official Opening The Hon Simone McGurk, Minister for Communities
1.35pm “Social and Spiritual Wellbeing” Owen Catto, Regional Men’s Health Initiative
2.05pm “Sexuality and Ageing” Dr Lorel Mayberry, Department of Sexology, Curtin University
2.35pm Wheatbelt Steel Pat McRoberts, Chief Operating Officer, Wheatbelt Steel
2.45pm Afternoon Tea
3.15pm Concurrent Session

Stream A Funding

  • Lotterywest James Wild
  • Royalties for Regions
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Other sources of funds Gary Bryant, WAMSA Executive Officer

Stream B Workshop Operation

  • Safety and Duty of Care Trevor Taylor, Bicton Men’s Shed
  • Dust extraction Bob Loss, Manning Men’s Shed
  • Modifying Sheds to cater for men with a disability Chris Speight, WAMSA Participation Project Officer
4.15pm WAMSA AGM
5.00pm Close
6.00pm Dinner at Cummins Theatre, 31 Bates St, Merredin

Sunday 3 September

9.00am “Risk management and Insurance” Dan James, Arthur J Gallagher
9.30am “The importance of Social Spaces and Activities” Panel

Merredin Community Men’s Shed
Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed
Experiences of other Sheds

10.00am “Inclusion and Participation of Men with a Disability,”
Chris Speight, WAMSA Participation 
Project Officer
10.30am Collgar Thomas Scott-Morey, CEO
10.35am Group Photo
10.45am Morning Tea
11.15am “Innovation at Sheds” Participants to report
11.45am “Promoting Your Shed” Michael Woodhouse, WAMSA Board Member and Glide
12.05noon “WAMSA Resources” Gary Bryant, WAMSA Executive Officer
12.15pm Raffle & Auction
12.30pm Lunch and inspection of the Merredin Community Men’s Shed