Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has welcomed the Federal Government commitment of $4.5million to another three years of funding for important Men’s Shed projects. This ensures the programme continues beyond June 2016 when funding was due to cease.
Ms McGowan also congratulated Wahgunyah on the news today the town would soon be home to the 21st Men’s Shed in Indi. The State Government has allocated up to $60,000 to fund the development of 15 new sheds across Victoria.
“Men’s sheds are flourishing in Indi, and it’s been a privilege to be invited to tour many of them since being elected,” Ms McGowan said.
“The National Men’s Shed Programme has been successful in getting men to talk about their health problems. Men feel comfortable in these environments, and this has been a good solution to combat isolation in rural and regional areas. This initiative has helped hundreds of members maintain an active mind, and be a productive and valued member of their communities.”
Communities have also benefited where Men’s Sheds have been established. Men’s Shed members have been eager to out their skills and tools to good use on projects for local organisations, businesses and schools across Indi.
Round 11 of Australian Government National Shed funding is open. Men’s Sheds can apply for up to $8,000 for tools and equipment, projects and training, building maintenance and health activities. Applications close on September 18. Information can be found at the Australian Men’s Shed website.
Category One: Tools & Equipment to a maximum of $5000
Category Two: Building Maintenance & Development to a maximum of $7500
Category Three: Shed Activities & Programs to a maximum of $2500
Ms McGowan is encouraging all Men’s Sheds in Indi to apply for funding in this latest round.
“This program is crucial for ensuring Men’s Sheds have the necessary resources to continue to meet their aim of improving men’s health and well-being.”