Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $4,300 in funding to help upgrade the local men’s shed.
“The funding to Bathurst Men’s Shed will help upgrade the lighting in the workshop and amenities areas, install energy-efficient LED external lighting and security lights, and install an air filter to keep the air clean and safe,” Mr Toole said.
“Men’s sheds are community-based organisations that do a fantastic job by providing men with a welcoming place to work on projects and make friends.
“They support men to keep active and productive, learn new skills, and share knowledge and experience which contributes positively to the community.”
Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said $1.62 million was being allocated statewide for improvements to men’s sheds, as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.
“Men’s sheds are places where men can hang out with mates, learn to build things, pass on skills, and give back to their local community,” Mr Anderson said.
“A study by Beyond Blue found men’s shed members can even fare better on physical functioning, general health, vitality and mental health.”
Australian Men’s Shed Association NSW president John Sharples said the upgrade projects would empower men and create renewed interest.
“We have 377 sheds in NSW with about 20,000 members and this stimulus funding will make a big difference,” Mr Sharples said. “By improving infrastructure and making workplaces better and safer, we will be able to create a supportive environment that provides opportunities for members to contribute to their Men’s Shed and the wider community.”