The health and wellbeing of men across the Calare electorate has received a boost with six Men’s Sheds receiving close to $15,000 in funding through the National Shed Development Program.
Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, welcomed the announcement saying the funding would “greatly assist” an integral part of the regional community.
“I’m pleased the Men’s Sheds will now be able to boost their shed’s resources with this funding,” Mr Gee said.
“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in supporting our local communities and also in promoting better emotional and mental health which is especially crucial in a time of drought.
“These Men’s Sheds are an important place for men to meet up and participate in meaningful projects.
“To stay healthy, we need to do regular activities and stay connected with the people around us and this is why our local Men’s Shed has become an important part of the community,” he added.
In Calare, the funding, through round 19, will specifically be used for:
- Blayney Men’s Shed ($5036) – Fire safety and first aid equipment, plus shed improvements
- Manildra Men’s Shed ($3340) – Tools including panel saw and tool sets
- Borenore Nashdale Men’s Shed ($2800) – Tools including a mitre drop saw
- Bathurst Men’s Shed ($1991) – Safety equipment, MIG Welder and related products
- Gulgong Men’s Shed ($722) – Tools including a pedestal drill
- Kandos Rylstone Men’s Shed ($700) – First aid equipment
Since 2013, the Government has provided $4.92 million through the National Shed Development Program to support Men’s Sheds across Australia.