The Gordonvale and Edmonton Men’s Sheds have received a welcome pre-Christmas boost, in the form of $11,000 in funding from the Turnbull Government.
Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the groups were well deserving of this much-needed funding boost, with Gordonvale Mens Shed receiving $5,000, and Edmonton Mens Shed receiving $6,000.
“The Gordonvale and Edmonton Mens Sheds do a terrific job in not only providing a range of activities and support for their members, they also play a significant role in building community capacity, which is so important in regional areas,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said Mens Sheds were an increasingly popular way for men to connect with their community – whether through a building project, a first aid workshop or a health awareness project. – that’s why I am such a huge fan of the concept,” Senator Macdonald said.
“There are a range of activities men can take part in, and that is just one of many reasons why I am such a big fan of the concept.”
The grants support the purchase of tools, equipment, community projects, training, building maintenance and development, and health improvement activities.
Across the Kennedy electorate, Mens Sheds shared in more than $17,000 in this latest grants round, part of $400,000 in national funding to be distributed to 93 Men’s Sheds across the country.
The Australian Government has provided $5.1million (from 2016-17 to 2018-19) to the Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) to provide support and resources to new and existing Men’s Sheds, and to manage the National Shed Development Programme.
Grants are competitive, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas. Further rounds of funding will be available, and details can be found at www.mensshed.org. For more information on the application process, contact AMSA on 1300 550 009 or email [email protected].