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Friday, 1 June 2018

NEW MEN’S SHED OPENS ITS DOORS IN CASTLEMAINE

Castlemaine men have a new purpose-built meeting place where they can learn valuable skills, make connections and contribute to their community with the opening of the new Castlemaine Men’s Shed.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, officially opened the Men’s Shed today, which was made possible with a grant of more than $60,000 from the Andrews Labor Government.

The investment will be used to create an all-new, purpose-built facility for local shedders, which provides a functional workshop for local men to get together and work on community projects.

“I would like to express my congratulations to the Castlemaine Men’s Shed committee and members who worked hard to build this great shed, particularly the President, Mr Brian McCormack, whose tenacity has seen the project through” Ms Edwards said.

“Also, a big thanks to the Mount Alexander Golf Club, who donated the land for the shed.”

Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, form friendships and give back to their community.

There are almost 1,000 men’s sheds across the country and more than 360 in Victoria.

The Labor Government provided grants in the 2017-2018 financial year to build 13 new men’s sheds and refurbish 10 existing sheds across Victoria, including in regional areas.

This year’s Men’s Shed grant round – with $885,000 up for grabs – has an emphasis on better supporting Aboriginal men and those from regional areas.

Grant applications remain open until 5pm on Friday, 8 June, 2018. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“It gives me the greatest pleasure to open the Castlemaine Men’s Shed today – it’s a great day for the local community.”

“Men’s sheds are great for the health and wellbeing of men and play an important role in bringing people across the Castlemaine area together.”

“Victorian communities are reaping the social benefits of having a men’s shed – men are able to access a safe place to have a chat, meet new people and give back to the community.”

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