June 3, 2016:
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce four Men’s Sheds will receive a financial boost from the Turnbull Government to continue to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing in his electorate.
The grants will allow each organisation to purchase new technology, software and tools for their workshops.
Esperance Men in Sheds Inc will receive $2200 for a new wireless modem router, computer, associated software, printer and accessories
The Norseman Men's Shed Association Inc will use it's $4685 grant to buy a dust extraction system, sharpening system, bench grinder, pipe bender, tube bender, vice and a pedestal drill.
Mensheds Narrogin Incorporated has been allocated $4000 for a thickenesser planer, biscuit joiner, slide compound mitre saw, bet sander, router, bench grinder, vice, pedestal drill, hole saw set and clamps
Hopetoun Men in Sheds Inc will buy a jet oscillating sander, twin drum sander, variable speed with its $3500 grant.
Mr Wilson said the grants would help each organisation improve the important service they offered to their respective communities.
“Projects undertaken in the sheds provide a great benefit to local communities
and family ties are becoming stronger with happier and healthier men,” he said.
“I’ve been really impressed by some of the work happening at sheds I’ve visited in O’Connor and I’m pleased to see these four organisations will be able to expand that work.
“I look forward to visiting each of them in the future to see the results of these grants.”
“Men’s Sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and men living in rural and remote areas, enabling positive social interactions, enhancing health and wellbeing in the men who attend,” Minister for Health Sussan Ley said.
Under the National Shed Development Programme, the Turnbull Coalition has provided the Australian Men’s Shed Association with allocated funding of $800,000 this financial year with a funding pool of $400,000 per round.
This programme allows Men’s Sheds and organisations supporting a Men’s Shed within their community to apply for funds to respond to local needs. Applications can support items such as:
- tools and equipment
- purpose built workspaces
- improvements to existing Men Shed facilities
- costs incurred to undertake activities that raise awareness of preventable health problems, promote or support the health and wellbeing of members
- costs associated with provision of training, seminars or undertaking major community projects.