The Scone Men’s Shed will be able to extend their shed thanks to a grant from the Australian Government.
New England MP Barnaby Joyce paid the Men’s Shed a visit today to announce the $7,100 grant that was successful under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Program.
Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the decision with funding of $7155 for shed improvements involving earthworks, concrete and electrical work.
Merriwa Men’s Shed has also been awarded a further $1300 for a new water urn and electrical installations.
“Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement, especially in drought affected areas like the Upper Hunter,” Barnaby Joyce said.
“Men’s Sheds are so important, they’re important because it gives people who are retired a collegiate experience and secondly to use those skillsets they have obtained through a worthwhile life so they don’t just wither on the vine in front of the television.”
“It’s really important that you give a space for men to talk to other men about things that they might be a little bit guarded about for politeness reasons in mixed company, so its just like the women have the CWA, which gives them the capacity to talk about issues that they probably wouldn’t want to talk about with men.”
President of the Shed Greg Newling said they’ll be using the grant funding to extend the shed.
“Were going to extend our shed by one panel which will be for timber storage for all our recycled timber that we’ve got because at the moment its just lying around everywhere which is a trip hazard for old blokes, that’s a real problem.”
“And it’ll give us more room in the Shed for moving around and doing the projects,” said Greg.
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