Funding tools of success for Gympie Men’s Shed
The Morrison Government is supporting the mental, social and physical wellbeing of Gympie men, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announcing a grant for the Gympie Men’s Shed.
“The Gympie Men’s Shed will receive $1,900 for a computer which will help them remain connected, carry out training, and keep accurate records,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Staying connected with people around us is really essential for mental and emotional wellbeing, and as we start to socialise again following the pandemic, our local Men’s Sheds are fantastic places for men to meet up, have a chat and participate in projects.
“The Gympie Men’s Shed plays a valuable role not just in providing that place to socialise and learn new skills, but also in assisting the broader community with projects, education and hands-on assistance, so I am pleased the Liberal and Nationals Government can give back with this funding through the National Shed Development Programme.”
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said it was vitally important that Shed Members felt valued and remained connected to their community during a period that was difficult for many Australians.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring that even doing the pandemic, members can stay in touch and continue to providing meaningful contributions to their communities,” Minister Hunt said.
Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton said there are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the nation.
“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Minister Coulton said.
Including today’s announcement, the Government has provided $6.4 million in grant funding to support Men’s Sheds since 2013.
Previous rounds have also provided funding to Gympie, Maryborough, Noosa, Kilkivan, Numabulla, Poona, Tin Can Bay, Bauple, Pomona, and Murgon Men’s and Community Sheds.