Men’s sheds in Gippsland will receive a welcome funding boost through the National Shed Development Program.
Local MP Darren Chester announced six local men’s sheds would share in more than $12,000 in funding.
“Men’s sheds are an integral part of local communities and there’s a strong sense of camaraderie and mateship among the blokes,” Mr Chester said.
“When I visit men’s sheds across Gippsland, I’m always impressed by the contribution they make to the local community.
“The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions meant men’s sheds were not able to operate as they normally would, and many sheds turned to technology to stay connected with each other.
“It is important that shed members felt valued and remained connected to their community during a period that was difficult for many.”
Mr Chester said the funding would allow men’s sheds to buy new IT equipment, tools and provide training to their members, allowing them to stay in touch.
“Men’s sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental health issues,” Mr Chester said.
“They offer men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections.
“These sheds keep people physically active but also engaged with others within the community through membership but also community outreach.”
Local men’s sheds to receive funding include:
- $1845 for Golden Paradise Beach Men’s Shed to purchase a laptop, printer, software, tools and equipment
- $2280 for Rosedale Men’s Shed for first aid and safe food handling training, health seminars, venue hire and catering
- $1898 for Morwell Men’s Shed to purchase a laptop and smart TV
- $1265 for Traralgon Men’s Shed and Woodworking Inc to purchase computer equipment and a printer
- $1350 for Twin Rivers Men’s Shed to purchase dust masks, face masks, fire extinguishers and OH&S training
- $3500 for Cobbers from the Creek to purchase a planer thicknesser