NATIONALLY RECOGNISED: Men’s Sheds in the Cowper electorate were praised for their community contributions.
NATIONALLY RECOGNISED: Men’s Sheds in the Cowper electorate were praised for their community contributions.

Coffs Coast Men’s Sheds praised in federal parliament

THE community contributions of three Coffs Coast Men's Sheds were praised and received funding grants in federal parliament this week.

The Men's Sheds in Nambucca, Woolgoolga and Bowraville were acknowledged for their ability to foster mateship and positive interaction, particularly for older men and men living in rural and remote areas.

Federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said in a speech to federal parliament that Men's Shed's enhanced health and wellbeing in the men who attended.

"Men's Sheds provide a space for men to make friends, talk about bloke's issues, and learn new skills.

"They provide a safe, comfortable place for men to talk about issues that would often not be discussed in other settings," he said.

Mr Hartsuyker announced how all three Men's Sheds planned to allocated their funds.

The Woolgoolga Men's Shed has secured a grant of $6000 to build a better work area, with a new concrete floor, improved roofing and fencing and an upgraded electrical supply.

Nambucca' Men's Shed will receive $2200 to purchase a new laser engraver and cutter to produce shapes, letters, and pictures.

Bowraville's Stronger Men's Group will receive $7000 to help set up a new Men's Shed with a thicknesser, drills, tool boxes, and safety equipment.

The funding will also help with repairs to the shed and the installation of a disabled-access toilet.

The Department of Health funds the Australian Men's Shed Association.

Applications for the next funding round close on September 18.

For more information, visit http://www.mensshed.org.



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