21/05/2017

New funding for Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed

The Tin Can Bay Community & Men’s Shed is off to an even better start, with confirmation of Federal Member for Wide Bay’s $68,000 election commitment, plus an extra $8,000 from the Coalition Government for the shed’s internal fit out.

“The additional funding will be used to fit secure security windows on the new shed, as well as the installation of internal plumbing fixtures such as a toilet, sinks, and electrical work including internal lighting & power outlets,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I visited the site at Tin Can Bay earlier in the week where I met with Shed President Brian Lindfield, who is keen to see construction on the new shed start as soon as possible.

“Men’s Sheds are valuable community places where people can meet to share their skills, knowledge and ideas to build, repair and maintain a whole range of products, furnishings and equipment.

“People in Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach will benefit from this commitment that will deliver a new community facility and become of point of activity and engagement in the region.

“Men’s Sheds help to strengthen the community by encouraging participation and supporting volunteers.  They can contribute to the growth and development of other local organisations too by sharing resources with them and maintaining their property.

“They also serve an important health and wellbeing role by reducing social isolation and improving mental health and wellbeing, particularly among retired and older men.

“Members have an opportunity to pass their skills to others, learn new skills, or just catch up regularly with other men in the community for a chat and a cup of tea.

“The $8,000 grant will mean a lot to the Men’s Shed members and the broader community and I congratulate them on the success of their application.”

This grant funding is part of the $5.1 million the Federal Government has provided to the Australian Men’s Shed Association through to 2018-19 to support the national network of Men’s Sheds.

 

“I look forward to the Tin Can Bay Community & Men’s Shed becoming a valued part of the Cooloola Coast community.”

 

Details of all successful grant recipients from this National Shed Development Program funding round are available at www.mensshed.org .