Funding boost for Men’s Shed
Funds mean group can buy a welder
THE Woodgate Men’s Shed has been awarded $2550 from the Federal Government to purchase metal work equipment and storage cabinets.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated the organisation on its successful application under the Tools and Equipment and Building Maintenance and Development categories.
“The Woodgate Men’s Shed provides social and emotional support to local men in an environment that is conducive to learning new skills and sharing ideas,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Woodgate Men’s Shed is a very strong part of the local community here at Woodgate. It’s great that we can help out the local community here.”
Mr Pitt said the Woodgate group was one of 102 Men’s Shed organisations nationally to receive funding in Round 7 of the National Shed Development Program.
Graham Black, president of the Woodgate Men’s Shed, said the funding would enable the purchase of a MIG/TIG/stick welder for work with aluminium and stainless steel.
“When Keith rang the other day and asked if he could come for a cup of coffee, I was thinking he was just going to be in the area.
“We were completely surprised by the fact he was announcing this federal grant,” Mr Black said.
“Everybody was quite excited because we’ve been battling to get a welder for about 18 months. “
Mr Black said the group would also use the welder to manufacture the likes of benches and brackets, and repair other items.
“This grant will enable us to weld items that we are unable to at present, and perhaps repair such things as tinnies.
“We sincerely thank Mr Pitt for his efforts in obtaining this on our behalf,” Mr Black said.
The Woodgate Men’s Shed currently has 81 members and continues to grow.
EQUIPMENT FUNDING: Builder Phil Nelson works on the interior of the shed, with Ted Macklin-Shaw, Graham Black and Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt looking on.