BUILDING ON THE MEN’S SHED COMMUNITY IN VERMONT

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men from Vermont and surrounding suburbs to work together and contribute to their local community.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced Vermont Men’s Shed will receive $29,974 to refurbish their existing shed, as part of the Labor Government 2018-19 Men’s Sheds funding round.

The Vermont Men’s Shed is one of 29 men’s sheds to benefit as part of the funding round, with the money to be used to construct an additional men’s shed on land owned by the Uniting Church Property Trust.

In total, nine new men’s sheds will be built and 20 existing sheds refurbished.

It adds to the tally of 70 men’s sheds the Labor Government has already built or upgraded since November 2014.

Each year, the Labor Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds in Victoria, which includes funding for the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

Today’s funding ads to the $75,000 that was recently announced to continue support for a dedicated Victorian Men’s Shed Association Field Officer and their work to improve the sustainability and governance of the state’s men’s shed network.

Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities.

The Labor Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing communities together. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

 “Men’s sheds are a wonderful part of the Victorian community – and we’re building and upgrading more of them so more Victorians can benefit.”

“I am particularly pleased to see this funding will engage more men across Victoria so they have the chance to come together and catch up with mates.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane

“Congratulations to all the members of the Vermont Men’s Shed who can now start work on their new project thanks to our support.”

 Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn

“It’s great news for shedders around Victoria and their local communities, and we’re grateful for the continued support from the Victorian Government.”

 

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