AMSA BLOKES BARBECUE CANBERRA PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Barbecue on the lawn at Parliament House, Canberra, 30 October 2012
Extra sausages were needed to cater for larger than expected number of shedders and visitors who attended the barbecue event organised by the Australian Men's Shed Association in Canberra on 30 October last.
The intention for the event was to boost awareness of the fast growing mens sheds around Australia (860)especially among politicians who it was hoped would visit the displays during their lunch break in parliament.
I counted 13 sheds represented including Mt Gravatt Mens Shed.
Flying The Queensland flag above our booth was a bit cheeky but visitors seemed happy with our display and were keen to share shed learning experiences. We could not help but notice the different approaches adopted by sheds generally.
Our local politicians stopped for a quick look and a chat. They included Wayne Swan, Ross Vasta, Graham Perrett and Bernie Ripoli. Joe Hockey also spent some time with us providing encouragement for the future.
Guest appearances from Peter Russell Jones and John Williamson and a master of the didgeridoo added variety and a good feeling to the process.
Speeches by leading representatives of Government, Beyond Blue, Clubs NSW and AMSA were most appropriate and those present would have been pleased to know that their shedding plans were highly regarded. Video of the speeches is available-ask John Wicks.
In the Mt Gravatt team were Jim Anderson and Alicia, Bart McNight and Jenny, Dave Wastell and Kay and John Wicks.
The day went extremely well and we had a great time.
Congratulations to the organisers! For video of the speeches see John Wicks.