UPGRADES FOR MUSWELLBROOK MEN’S SHED FUNDED
Member for Upper Hunter David Layzell today announced $7,500 in stimulus funding to help upgrade Muswellbrook Men’s Shed.
“This funding will allow Muswellbrook Men’s Shed to install storage for its gardening equipment and ride-on lawnmower, construct an awning, and also install a dust extraction system to keep its woodworking area safe for members,” Mr Layzell said.
“Our men’s sheds do a fantastic job by providing a welcoming place to make friends, learn new skills, share knowledge and experience, and work on projects.”
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.”