A nation-wide search for Australia’s Best Worst Shed has wrapped up with the top three winners announced today.
Cameron Kleinschmidt of Clifden, NSW took out the top prize for his entry “Built with Bare Hands”.
Second place was awarded to Laura Ogden of North Arm, QLD for her entry “Fire Sucks”, and third place went to Robert Grieve of Brogo NSW, with his entry titled “Makeshift Shack”.
The judges were impressed by Cameron’s video entry and agreed his shed was in a bad state with its leaking roof, damaged structure and poor workmanship.
But the final detail securing him the win was the hideous colour of his shed – deemed bad enough to deserve the title of Australia’s Best Worst Shed.
Cameron has won a brand-new shed from Fair Dinkum Builds valued up to $30,000 and looks forward to replacing his powder blue wreck with something in a more appealing colour.
“I’m really happy with that – I can’t wait to get rid of that monstrosity and build something a bit more modern that I can be proud of,” he said.
“At the very least, something to store things in that won’t turn them into hard rubbish by the next year.“
“Thank you very much to Fair Dinkum Builds and to the sponsors for this.”
Cameron in front of his self-proclaimed hideous shed
Laura’s second place entry outlined the devastating loss of her small family business to a fire, which destroyed not just the shed but the equipment inside.
Her business manufactured observatories for private use and astronomical groups around the country – highlighting that every shed has a unique purpose and a story behind it.
Laura's shed was completely destroyed when a faulty battery sparked a devastating fire
She’s won a new Fair Dinkum Builds shed valued up to $20,000 and hopes this will let them kick production back off and begin to recoup from the fire.
“We’re the only business of our kind in the Southern Hemisphere so this was a massive loss – not just to us, but to the three amazing local guys we worked with, and to our clients and community,” she told Fair Dinkum Builds.
Laura with her husband Owen crossing her fingers for a win
Finally, Robert Grieve once had the perfect getaway shack in southern NSW – until it was lost in the devastating 2019 New Year’s Eve bushfires that claimed so many sheds (and homes) in the region.
He’s been using a handmade version since – built himself with pieces of burnt steel.
Robert's bush property following the bushfires
Robert’s prize of a Fair Dinkum Builds shed valued at up to $10,000 will let him build not just a new “shack”, but new memories as well.
Robert said that with the old shed completely destroyed, he’d lost his “little piece of paradise.”
“And even though I did what I could with the materials it’s definitely not the same! Really excited to have this opportunity from Fair Dinkum Builds to rebuild at last,” he said.
Robert with his handmade shack built from bushfire-damaged materials
The search for Australia’s Best Worst Shed, the first competition of its kind, spanned almost three months and attracted 2,677 entries from all corners of the country.
Public votes narrowed the entry pool down to a top ten shortlist, of which the top three were chosen.
The competition was supported by sponsors: Stramit, Taurean Door Systems, Fletcher Insulation, Stoddart, Bremick, Larnec, AMIA, Grifco, Merlin and Ampelite.
Fair Dinkum Builds would like to thank all entrants for the enormous effort put into this competition and to the sponsors for their support.
Entries were judged based on a set of criteria including creativity, entertainment value, quality of photographs and videos supplied, and suitability of the replacement shed. Written entries with over 100 words were capped for judging.
All finalists’ entries have been verified to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the promotion, and checks were conducted to verify that votes were obtained in line with the terms and conditions, which can be found at fairdinkumbuilds.com.au/winashed.