Men’s sheds peak body cash woes

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

The fu­ture of Men’s Sheds WA con­tin­ues to be un­der threat due to fund­ing in­sta­bil­ity, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lead­ers.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been forced to run on small, short- term grants and is fac­ing re­cruit­ment and re­sourc­ing chal­lenges as State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing ex­pires at the end of this year.

Men’s Sheds WA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gary Bryant said job losses were im­mi­nent if longterm fund­ing could not be se­cured.

“We wouldn’t be able to em­ploy any­one and the vi­a­bil­ity of our or­gan­i­sa­tion would be threat­ened,” he said.

“This would re­sult in lit­tle sup­port for the in­di­vid­ual men’s sheds across WA.”

A joint fund­ing com­mit­ment be­tween the Depart­ment of Health and the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties ended in June 2017.

The over­ar­ch­ing body rep­re­sents about 180 in­di­vid­ual men’s shed com­mit­tees op­er­at­ing across the State, in­clud­ing 125 in re­gional WA. It pro­vides ser­vices to them in­clud­ing ac­cess to more fi­nan­cial and other re­sources, li­ais­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Worksafe and other in­volved ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks.

Men’s Sheds WA said it was now in talks with the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties about fund­ing streams be­yond De­cem­ber, and had re­ceived no re­sponse as yet from the Depart­ment of Health about a re­quested three- to- five year com­mit­ment of money.

Af­ter the joint fund­ing agree­ment ended, the Gov­ern­ment ap­proved oc­ca­sional fund­ing ex­ten­sions, with the lat­est grant of $ 150,000 from the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties is­sued at the be­gin­ning of this fi­nan­cial year due to ex­pire at the end of De­cem­ber.

Mr Bryant said it would be ideal for the two de­part­ments to share re­spon­si­bil­ity for fund­ing Men’s Sheds.

“We need a three or five- year ser­vice agree­ment to be able to plan for our fu­ture,” he said.

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