On Sunday, 12 June, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Families and Children at the official opening of the Lorne and District Men’s Shed. Over 200 people attended the launch, which is an example of the support the Lorne community has for its men’s shedders and the shed’s importance in the community. These facilities play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of men in our communities, whilst making a significant contribution to local schools, hospitals and other community projects.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the president of the Lorne and District Men’s Shed, Allan Walls, the committee members and all the other members of the shed for their work in bringing this project to fruition. I would also like to acknowledge Mandy Calder and her team at the Lorne Op Shop, which raised and donated a significant amount of money — $75 000 to be exact — for the men’s shed. Funding was also contributed by the Shire of Surf Coast, the Victorian government, the Geelong Foundation and a number of local companies, and private donations were made.