The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men from Simpson to work together and contribute to their local community.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Simpson Men’s Shed would receive $10,000 towards their much needed shed refurbishment, as part of the Labor Government 2018-19 Men’s Sheds funding round.
The Simpson Men’s Shed is one of 29 men’s sheds to benefit as part of the funding round, with the money to be used to build a new stand-alone enclosed double car garage size shed adjacent to the existing workshop. The new shed will be used as a metalwork and welding space and provide a storage area to free up space in the existing workshop.
In total, nine new men’s sheds will be built and 20 existing sheds refurbished.
It adds to the tally of 70 men’s sheds the Labor Government has already built or upgraded since November 2014.
Each year, the Labor Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds in Victoria, which includes funding for the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.
Today’s funding adds to the $75,000 that was recently announced to continue support for a dedicated Victorian Men’s Shed Association Field Officer and their work to improve the sustainability and governance of the state’s men’s shed network.
Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for locals to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities.
The Labor Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing communities together. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“Men’s sheds are incredibly valuable to so many within our community – congratulations to all the members of the Simpson Men’s Shed who can now start work on their new project thanks to our support.”
“The refurbished shed will give locals in the Simpson district 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 Simpson Men’s Shed and check out their new refurbished home once it’s finished.”
Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn
“It’s great news for shedders around Victoria and their local communities, and we’re grateful for the continued support from the Victorian Government.”