Men’s Sheds in Western New South Wales will share in more than $15,000 to support men’s health and wellbeing, as funding rolls out from another round of the Federal Government’s National Shed Development Programme.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today congratulated three Men’s Sheds in his electorate which have been successful in their applications – Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opalfield Men's Shed, Trangie Men’s Shed and Warren Men’s Shed.
Mr Coulton said more than $9,000 for Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opalfield Men's Shed will go a long way to support its vital services to the local community.
“The Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opalfield Men's Shed offers support to local men who need a bit of space and some easy-going company,” Mr Coulton said.
“This Men’s Shed will now be able to undergo shed improvements which will include a 20-foot container, buy materials to construct an awning and purchase tools and equipment.”
Mr Coulton said Trangie Men’s Shed will receive $4,695, while Warren Men’s Shed will receive $2,000 under the current funding round.
“I’ll be the first to admit that men can sometimes be the last ones to prioritise their health and wellbeing. We need to do what we can to ensure they get the support they need, which is why I always encourage men to drop in to their local shed.
“Becoming a member of a Men's Shed provides a safe environment and an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. They are a great place for everyone to take an interest in their own health.
“These three sheds are deserving recipients of funding to boost their valuable services to the community, and I congratulate them on their success.”
Heath Minister Greg Hunt said feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health.
“Every day Men’s Sheds across Australia and in the Parkes electorate provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community,” Minister Hunt said.
The Coalition Government is investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national Men’s Sheds movement.
The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding of up to a total of $10,000 through a competitive grants process for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development. Round 17 grant results can be viewed at http://mensshed.org.
For full funding details, please see below.
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Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opalfield Men's Shed – $9,174 – Shed Improvements: 20' container, materials to construct awning; Tools & Equipment: Water tank, scroll saw, vacuum, orbital sander
Trangie Men's Shed – $4,695 – Health & Wellbeing & Events: Defibrillator -that will also be accessed by users of Memorial Hall; Shed Improvements: 5 pendant power outlets over work benches; Tools & Equipment: Makita 3 pce cordless tools
Warren Men's Shed – $2,000 – Health & Wellbeing & Events: First Aid kit, Test and Tag equipment and training, travel to Orange