26 March 2019

Bannockburn Men’s Shed receives federal funding

The Bannockburn Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $1,500 from the Liberal National Government to purchase new safety equipment under round 18 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, today congratulated the Bannockburn Men’s Shed members for their successful application for the grant.

“Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority. It’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the assistance they need and deserve,” Ms Henderson said.

“The Bannockburn Men’s Shed offers significant support to local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company.

“Our Government recognises these benefits and is investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national men’s sheds movement.”

Bannockburn Men’s Shed will use its government grant to purchase safety equipment, including: fire extinguishers; hoses; signage; personal protective equipment; and a fire blanket.

“As well as bringing men together to work on meaningful projects, one of the great successes of Men’s Sheds is that they provide a forum for men to talk about health issues and encourage men to take action on their health issues,” Ms Henderson said.

Heath Minister Greg Hunt said feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health.

“Every day Men’s Sheds across Australia and in the Corangamite electorate provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community,” Minister Hunt said.

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.

26 March 2019