The Georgetown Men’s Shed has received an early Christmas windfall, with $6,500 in funding from the Turnbull Government.
Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding will be used to provide specialised wood and metalwork equipment in order to expand activities and attract new members to the group.
“This grant will mean a lot to the Georgetown Men’s Shed members and the local community, and I congratulate them on their success,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The group does a wonderful job supporting men, particularly as they get older, to connect with each other and reduce the impact of social isolation and preventable health conditions,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said the funding will help the group buy a number of tools, including a Ryobi kit, nail gun, MIG Shield, welding helmets, screwdrivers and dill kits to help support their community projects and training, and encourage greater participation.
Men’s Sheds provide a sense of community, a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men, Senator Macdonald said.
The grant funding is part of the $5.1million 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.
Other successful northern-based Men’s Sheds in this round include the Yarrabah Men’s Shed ($8,400) and Herbert River Men’s Shed ($4,328).