The North Queensland community will benefit from the Australian Government’s National Shed Development Programme, with two local Men’s Sheds set to receive funding.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the initiative is important to support the mental health and wellbeing of local men.
“Men are talking about their health more and more, and the Men’s Shed provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so. Men’s Sheds are integral to the community and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged,” Senator Macdonald said.
“I’m pleased the Herberton’s Men’s Shed will receive $5,179 to go towards news tools, equipment and training.
“The Malanda Men’s Shed is to set to benefit from a $4,000 funding boost, also going towards new tools, community projects and training.
“This funding is part of the total $5.1 million the Turnbull Government is providing to the Australian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds over the three years to June 2019.”
Senator Macdonald said feeling included in a social group is important to the emotional and mental health of North Queensland men.
“Some activities will be aimed at men in the wider community, through awareness-raising events or providing education and training such as first aid,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Although mental illness affects both men and women, we know that men are less likely to seek help. In 2016, the rate of suicide among Australian males was more than three times that of females.”
All sheds that meet the definition of a Men’s Shed are eligible to apply for funding under the National Shed Development Programme.
Details of all the new grants can be found at www.mensshed.org