The Andrews Labor Government will build new Men’s Sheds and upgrade existing ones in communities across Victoria affected by fire, drought and flood.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos, announced the 32 successful grant recipients, which were chosen on the basis of high levels of need.
Men’s Sheds are one of Australia’s largest male based community development organisations and improve the health and wellbeing of participants by promoting social inclusion.
More than $1.26 million in funding has been allocated for grants up to $60,000 to construct new sheds and up to $30,000 towards the refurbishment of an existing shed.
25 of the projects are based in regional Victoria, and seven in metropolitan suburbs. Five of the communities have been affected by fire, seven have been hit by drought and two by floods.
Each project has been undertaken with extensive consultation, with a plan to grow local involvement from residents, address issues of social isolation and build strong partnerships with other organisations.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“Our government proudly supports the Men’s Shed movement. Men’s Sheds are extremely valuable for community-building work, as well as helping with men’s mental and physical health and well-being.”
“Men’s Sheds enable people to get together, work on valuable projects and forge strong ties with others in the community.”
Quote attributable to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn
“The Victorian Men’s Shed Association is proud to support the Victorian Government in its innovative Strengthening Men’s Sheds Grants. These grants will foster and strengthen community groups across the state especially in hard hit rural areas.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020