Men in sheds get cash injections
DAMIAN Drum (MHR, Murray) announced last week that the Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed will receive $7500 from the Federal Government to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing in the district.
This grant is part of $400,000 in national funding which will be distributed to 93 community men’s sheds across Australia.
Upon announcing the grant, Mr Drum said the men’s shed program is going from strength to strength.
“Men’s Sheds are a popular way for men to connect with their community—whether it’s through a building project, a first aid workshop or a transition to retirement seminar— that’s why I encourage our local blokes to give a shed a go,” Mr Drum said.
“The Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed will use the grant for the connection of power to their new shed and the installation of lighting and power points, which will allow them to occupy the building.
“After a few years using the First Nagambie Scout Hall and a few backyard sheds, the men finally will move in to a shed of their own.
“There are many activities for men to take part in, including wood and metal working, but especially important the shed provides that important sense of belonging to a community.”
The Australian Government has provided $5.1 million (from 2016-17 to 2018-19) to the Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) to provide support and resources to new and existing men’s sheds and to manage the National Shed Development Programme.
Grants are competitive with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.
Further rounds of funding will be available for Men’s Sheds and details can be found at www. mensshed.org.
For information on the application process, contact AMSA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 550 009.
GETTING THE TOUR: Damian Drum is shown around by Men’s Shed president David Keall (left), and vic president Jamie Haisman.