Men’s Shed

Funds go to­wards new tools

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Parabur­doo and Tom Price Men’s Sheds will soon have plenty of shiny new tools af­ter re­ceiv­ing thou­sands of dol­lars in fund­ing to im­prove lo­cal men’s well­be­ing.

Late last year, the Parabur­doo and Tom Price sheds were awarded grants of $4000 and $3000 re­spec­tively from the Na­tional Shed De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme.

The ini­tia­tive, man­aged by the Aus­tralian Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion, of­fers up to $8000 worth of fund­ing to sheds across the na­tion with a fo­cus on those in re­gional ar­eas.

Parabur­doo Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Dar­ryl Gnezdiloff said the com­mit­tee had ap­plied for fund­ing to buy spe­cial­ist tools in­clud­ing vices and weld­ing clamps they oth­er­wise couldn’t af­ford.

“It’s re­ally, re­ally good news for us,” he said. “We now have about a dozen dif­fer­ent types of tools for met­al­work and wood­work.”

Mr Gnezdiloff said the shed, which has been op­er­at­ing for about five years now, was ex­tremely pop­u­lar through­out the week and mem­bers are of­ten busy help­ing out on com­mu­nity projects.

“It’s quite amaz­ing how much us­age we’re get­ting,” he said.

Tom Price Men’s Shed founder Tim Bro­ken­shire said they would also use the fund­ing for ex­tra tools and called it “a mile­stone” for the newly-es­tab­lished shed.

Mem­ber for Durack Melissa Price said the Govern­ment recog­nised the im­por­tance of Men’s Sheds in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“Men’s Sheds pro­vide a place where men are able to work on mean­ing­ful projects at their own time and gather to­gether in a safe, friendly and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“They re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, strengthen com­mu­ni­ties and con­trib­ute to im­prove­ments in the health of in­di­vid­ual men, par­tic­u­larly the men­tal health of re­tired and older men.”

Pic­ture: Parabur­doo Men’s Shed

Parabur­doo Men’s Shed mem­bers Fouad Na­j­jarine and Joanna Wilkie at work in their shed.

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