Men in sheds get cash in­jec­tions

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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 amsa@mensshed.net 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.

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