Men's Shed Grants

23/5/2017

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has announced several Men’s Sheds across his electorate will receive grants from the Federal Government.

Mr Wilson said five groups in O’Connor were successful under the latest round of the National Shed Development Programme, designed to assist the efforts of local men’s sheds supporting physical and mental health and wellbeing within their communities.

Gnowangerup Men's Shed will receive $7500 for maintenance at its headquarters, namely the power connection, power points, lighting, and water connection.

The Norseman Men’s Shed Association Inc has been given a grant of $6030 to buy new tools including a mitre gauge, joinery system, panel clamp, carving tool set, router, spool gun, and ducting hoses. The money will also fund the purchase of materials to construct a roof over two shipping containers for metalwork activities, and develop a concrete area between containers for an all-weather work area.

In Kalgoorlie-Boulder, CY O'Connor Men's Shed has been granted $5000 to run a series of training sessions including First Aid for its members, health improvement activities, a FOODcents educational programme on nutrition and an anxiety and depression 'Flick the Switch' workshop.

Dumbleyung & District Men's Shed Inc will use a $4565 grant for equipment and training, including scrolling tools for the Metal Craft Chevington Pro Master Workshop set.

Lastly, Lake Grace Community Men’s Shed Inc will receive a $2000 grant for tools, training and a contribution toward specialist chairs for a social & meeting room.

Mr Wilson said men’s sheds across O’Connor provided a good value-for-money service to their respective communities, facilitating local activities to improve men’s health.

“Local Sheds help men, particularly as they get older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions,” he said.

“I drop in to sheds whenever I can around the electorate and there’s always plenty happening, whether the guys are on the tools, looking after the garden or just having a coffee and a chat.

“It’s a positive environment and builds a strong sense of community, so it’s good to support these organisations in maintaining their buildings and helping them buy new equipment.”

This grant funding is part of the $5.1 million the Federal Government has provided to the Australian Men’s Shed Association through to 2018-19 to support the national network of Men’s Sheds.

Details of all successful grant recipients from this National Shed Development Program funding round are available at www.mensshed.org

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