Murraylands men's shed among best in Australia, AMSA award shows

Murray Bridge's men's shed has been recognised as one of the leading organisations of its kind in Australia.

The Murraylands Community Men's Shed received an award for its garden at the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) eighth national gathering, in Adelaide last week.

A busload of visitors even came out to see the shed, and its members' accomplishments, in person.

Men's shed member Mick Loeckenhoff said the guests had been impressed by the facility, where men and a few women congregate to work on practical projects and, more importantly, to enjoy one another's company.

A representative of the federal health department had been particularly gobsmacked, he said, and a regional AMSA coordinator from interstate said Murray Bridge's was the best men's shed he had ever seen.

As well as accepting the award in Adelaide, Mr Loeckenhoff gave a presentation on growing men's sheds and attracting members to about 100 conference delegates.

The Murraylands shed has grown to about 120 members in the eight years since it was founded, or seven since it established its permanent home at Murray Bridge Showground.

The shed is open from 8am to midday on weekdays.