VIC Government supporting Men's Sheds

The Victorian Government has invested more money into supporting two more Men's sheds in Nagambie Lakes and Wodonga.

 

The State Government provides $1 million in funding to men’s sheds each year, including $112,000 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

 

An $879,000 grant round to build new sheds or refurbish existing ones recently closed, with funding recipients to be announced in September 2017.

 

The Government has delivered 47 grants to build or refurbish sheds across the state since 2015.

 

Men’s sheds reduce isolation and promote social inclusion, and enhance the health and wellbeing of both individuals and broader community.

 

Victoria has the highest number of men’s sheds in the country, with more than 350 across the state.

 

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos opened the new Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed with dozens of ‘shedders’ already contributing to community life by making a commemorative ANZAC display board for the local RSL, helping out with gardening at the nursing home and doing carpentry for schools.

 

The land was donated by the Strathbogie Shire Council, with the Labor Government providing $60,000 towards the construction of the shed, which is divided into a workshop and a relaxation area and includes a kitchen and meeting room. Other contributions include $8,500 from Bendigo Bank.

 

Ms Mikakos toured the Wodonga Men’s Shed facility, which will accommodate more than 60 shedders once operational.

 

The Government provided $60,000 to build the 1,274 square metre shed at the new site in Jamieson Court.

 

Wodonga “shedders” raised more than $230,000 through fundraising and by encouraging residents to purchase bricks for the site, on which they could inscribe words to mark their contribution.

 

At the former site, dozens of shedders helped local clubs and groups build garden furniture and children’s toys, support town council projects, and host lunches.

 

Land at the new site has been made available by the City of Wodonga, with construction creating strong partnerships with local builders.

 

14 July 2017.