Funds go towards new tools
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.”
Paraburdoo Men’s Shed members Fouad Najjarine and Joanna Wilkie at work in their shed.