Residents of Dereel and the surrounding region can celebrate today as the first sod was turned to mark the commencement of construction on the community’s new Men’s Shed.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson was on site in Dereel today to break ground ready for the $81,000 project to commence.
“I’m proud to say that I fought for this funding as an election commitment, and I am so pleased to see this funding being delivered,” said Ms Henderson.
“The Men’s Shed program promotes and encourages health and wellbeing among men and some women, particularly aged over 50. It’s a great program that is aimed at keeping participants active with a range of activities and most importantly, keeping them engaged with the community.
“The Australian Government delivered $40,000 towards the project which is another example of our government’s commitment to building better community infrastructure for Corangamite.
“Over the past decade, Dereel and district has experienced continued hardship with drought, floods and more recently a bushfire. This Men’s Shed is a good way of helping to make the Dereel community even stronger and more resilient.
Construction of the Dereel Men’s Shed project is expected to be completed in December 2015.
The Victorian government contributed $34,000 to the project, with the Dereel Bushfire Relief Committee contributing $7000 and Golden Plains Shire contributing $626.