More men in Apollo Bay will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant for a new men’s shed.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the Apollo Bay Men’s Shed would receive $60,000 towards their much needed new Shed.
Ms Tierney said the new shed will boost space for community programs and support the physical and mental wellbeing of locals.
It will be a vital resource which will enable its members to develop their skills in woodwork and work on meaningful projects for themselves and the community, while forging strong ties with others in the community.
New men’s sheds will be built in 13 communities, while 9 others will be refurbished, thanks to almost $1 million in grants from the Labor Government.
Each project – three in metropolitan Melbourne and 20 in regional Victoria – is the result of extensive community consultation and has a plan to build strong partnerships with other organisations.
Men’s Sheds are safe and practical places for locals to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their communities.
They also promote social inclusion and enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of their members, and are especially important in local communities such as Apollo Bay.
The 2017-18 funding has focussed on projects from disadvantaged communities and areas that were experiencing significant economic and social change.
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“Men’s sheds play a vital role in local communities – I’m delighted the Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new men’s shed for Apollo Bay.”
“The new shed will give the men in Apollo Bay a relaxed place to come together, to talk, to share experiences and to have a go at learning new skills and taking part in new projects.”
“I encourage everyone in the community to support the Apollo Bay Men’s Shed and check out their new home once it’s finished.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“We’re providing more support to communities that are experiencing significant economic and social change to ensure men can get the support they need, when they need it.”