Gippsland gets a giant men’s shed
The Victorian Government has helped the Gippsland community of Inverloch open its first men’s shed.
Inverloch ‘shedders’ volunteered hundreds of hours fitting out the shed, which includes a kitchen, meeting room, computer training room, office, toilets and a shower.
Before the shed’s opening, shedders also donated their time to build playground furniture for the local school, nest boxes for the environment centre, and carry out other activities to improve the local community.
The Government provided $60,000 for the construction of the 322 square metre shed, and a 21-year lease for the use of Crown land.
Victoria has the highest number of sheds in the country, with more than 350 across the state.
The Government allocates $1 million in funding to men’s sheds each year, and has provided nearly 50 grants to men’s sheds across the state since November 2014.
An $879,000 grant round for the construction of new sheds and the refurbishment of existing sheds across the state has recently closed, with funding recipients to be announced in September.
President of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association Lindsay Oates said, “Men’s sheds are all about improving the health and well being of men, and we see them being used by men from a range of different backgrounds and age groups.”
“The fact that 37 men became members of the Inverloch men’s shed before its doors had opened shows just how important the shed is to the local community.”
Men’s sheds are one of Australia’s largest community development organisations, which operate to improve the health and wellbeing of participants by increasing social inclusion.
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5 July 2017.