Gillard Government supports Canterbury Men's Shed

The Gillard Government will be supporting the Canterbury Men’s Shed which was one of 25 across Australia to receive a grant through the Shed Development program.

Tony Burke, Member for Watson, welcomed the announcement that the Canterbury Men’s Shed would be funded under this program.

“Congratulations to Canterbury Men's Shed for securing funding for such a worthwhile community initiative.

“This investment will allow Canterbury Men’s Shed to engage a shed co-ordinator to oversee a community outreach program with an emphasis on male refugees.

“The men’s shed acts as a community centre where men can get together, make friends and work together on hobbies.

“The Canterbury Men’s Shed provides materials and facilities to allow men to work on hobbies such as building furniture, fixing machinery and other small projects.

“Men’s Sheds can play a significant role in improving the health and wellbeing by connecting men with each other and reaching marginalised and isolated men.”

The Gillard Government will contribute $8640 to the Canterbury Men’s Shed under this grant.

Round Three of funding will open in late August 2011 and interested Sheds should monitor the Men’s Shed website http://www.mensshed.org for updates.