Men’s Sheds set for Federal windfall

Courtney FowlerPilbara News
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Men’s Sheds services across the Pilbara are set to benefit from the Federal Government’s announcement securing funding for the organisation until 2019.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said local Men’s Sheds could apply for up to $8000 in funding Round 11 of the National Shed Development Programme.

She said Men’s Sheds across the region helped to reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and people living in rural and remote areas.

“Our local Men’s Sheds play a very important role in our community to keep men active and contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing,” she said.

“The decision to guarantee funding will allow men’s sheds to maintain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects. It’s great news for the sheds and the men who use them.”

Paraburdoo Men’s Shed coordinator Darryl Gnezdiloff said with more than 60 members additional funding would help them expand their shed to include an air-conditioned meeting room.

“One of the improvements we are looking to make to our workshop is an air conditioned room where our members can meet, exercise and play games,” he said.

“It’s so important in a small town like Paraburdoo to offer men an environment where they can get out of the house and use their skills and hands without interference from alcohol.

“Every bit of additional funding helps us, help others - our last event we raised more than$2000 for Beyond Blue and we have helped many groups in the community.”

Tom Price Men’s Shed president Justin Robinson said since establishing earlier this year, they had been unable to secure a premise to build a shed.

He said any additional funding received would go towards establishing a premise.

“The Pilbara TAFE have closed up and have two premises over here which we are trying to secure,” he said.

“We hope to be incorporated by the end of this month.”

The $4.5 million commitment over the next three years will also assist the Australian Men’s Sheds Association to develop and maintain relationships and linkages with health providers and employ strategies to more effectively reach and engage men.

Sheds were able to apply for up to a total of $8000 across three funding categories – tools, equipment, community projects and training; building maintenance and development; and health improvement activities.

Applications closed on Friday September 18.

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