The Australian Government is continuing to support the health and well-being of men in Wannon through two grants under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to award the Cobden Men’s Shed with funding of $6,000 and Terang Men’s Shed with $1,747.
Cobden Men’s Shed will now be able to separate their kitchen and dining area from the remainder of the shed. Terang Men’s Shed funding will enable them to upgrade their existing lights with LED lights.
“Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement”
“To stay healthy, we need to do regular activities with the people around us, and our local men’s shed has become a focal point within the Cobden and Terang communities.”
A Men’s Shed can range from purpose built facilities, multipurpose buildings, or shared spaces.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said that belonging to a social group was vitally important for emotional and mental health.
“Men’s Sheds are a fantastic way for men to stay connected with their communities,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Government remains committed to supporting men’s sheds and encouraging men to meet up and get involved with meaningful community projects.”
Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said Men’s Sheds are particularly important for regional, rural, and remote communities across the country.
“In many parts of the bush, local Men’s Sheds are fast becoming one of the most important organisations, one where members make connections and serve their community.”
More than 6,000 men across Australia are expected to benefit from the programme, with 121 men’s sheds receiving funding under this round.
Since 2013, the Government has provided $5.4 million through the National Shed Development programme to support men’s sheds across Australia.