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NEW MEN’S SHED FOR SALE

September 6, 2013

The new and improved Sale Men’s Shed will provide important benefits for the local community and men’s health and wellbeing, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced today. 

Mr Chester joined members of Wellington Shire Council, Sale Uniting Church, Uniting Care Gippsland and the Sale Men’s Shed group to celebrate the official opening of the new purpose built facility in Desailly Street, Sale.

“Men’s sheds help build stronger communities by providing opportunities for social interaction, sharing of knowledge and technical skills, and a chance to work on projects that often have benefits for the wider community,” Mr Chester said.

“The Sale Men’s shed started in 2003 in an unused shed at the back of St Columba’s Uniting Church with the support of a community grant from Uniting Care Gippsland.

“The popularity of the shed grew, and a number of temporary buildings have been used over the years.

“I’m delighted to be here today to open this permanent new facility, which provides a larger workspace, a dedicated meeting room and full disability access.”

Mr Ryan said men’s sheds enable men to get involved in the local community, gain and use practical skills and knowledge and meet new mates.

“Men’s sheds play an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of men in our community,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Sale Men’s Shed currently includes 14 local “shedders” and is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers.

“The Victorian Coalition Government was pleased to provide $50,000 towards the construction of the new building, under our $4 million ‘Strengthening Men’s Sheds’ initiative,” Mr Ryan said.

The new facility was completed with the support of the local community, St Columba’s Uniting Church and Uniting Care Gippsland.

The Sale Men’s Shed meets every Tuesday and Friday between 9am and 2pm.

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