Govt boost for Men’s Sheds

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Men’s Sheds ser­vices across the Pil­bara are set to ben­e­fit from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Fa­ther’s Day an­nounce­ment to se­cure fund­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion un­til 2019.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said Round 11 of the Na­tional Shed De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme was open and lo­cal Men’s Sheds could ap­ply for up to $8000 in fund­ing.

She said Men’s Sheds across the re­gion helped to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly for older men and peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

“Our lo­cal Men’s Sheds play a very im­por­tant role in our com­mu­nity to keep men ac­tive and con­tribut­ing to their men­tal health and phys­i­cal well­be­ing,” she said.

“The de­ci­sion to guar­an­tee fund­ing will al­low men’s sheds to main­tain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects. It’s great news for the sheds and the men who use them.”

Parabur­doo Men’s Shed co-or­di­na­tor Darryl Gnezdiloff said with more than 60 mem­bers, ad­di­tional fund­ing would help them ex­pand their shed to in­clude an air-con­di­tioned meet­ing room.

“One of the im­prove­ments we are look­ing to make to our work­shop is an air-con­di­tioned room where our mem­bers can meet, ex­er­cise and play games,” he said.

“It’s so im­por­tant in a small town like Parabur­doo to of­fer men an en­vi­ron­ment where they can get out of the house and use their skills and hands with­out in­ter­fer­ence from al­co­hol.

“Ev­ery bit of ad­di­tional fund­ing helps us, helps oth­ers — our last event we raised more than $2000 for be­yond­blue and we have helped many groups in the com­mu­nity.”

Tom Price Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Justin Robin­son said since es­tab­lish­ing ear­lier this year, the group had been un­able to se­cure a premise to build a shed.

He said any ad­di­tional fund­ing re­ceived would go to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a premise.

“The Pil­bara TAFE have closed up and have two premises over here, which we are try­ing to se­cure,” he said.

“We hope to be in­cor­po­rated by the end of this month.”

The $4.5 mil­lion com­mit­ment over the next three years will also as­sist the Aus­tralian Men’s Sheds As­so­ci­a­tion to de­velop and main­tain re­la­tion­ships and link­ages with health providers and em­ploy strate­gies to more ef­fec­tively reach and en­gage men.

Sheds can ap­ply for up to $8000 across three fund­ing cat­e­gories.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day Septem­ber 18.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www.mensshed.org/de­vel­op­ment-grants.

Melissa Price

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