Technology to bring community together at Maryborough Men’s Shed
New technology will help support the wellbeing of Maryborough men, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announcing funding for Maryborough Men’s Shed today.
“Maryborough Men’s Shed does a fantastic job helping build strong community connections for not just local men, but the broader community, so I am pleased to support their work with a $2,070 grant through the National Shed Development Program for laptop computers, software and hard-drives,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, technology has played an increasingly important role in helping people remain socially connected, and this funding will help ensure more people can become involved with the Men’s Shed whether it’s through volunteering, working on projects, or learning new skills.
“Staying connected with people around us is really essential for mental and emotional wellbeing, and as we start to socialise again, our local Men’s Sheds are fantastic places for men to meet up, have a chat and participate in projects.”
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.