A NUMBER of the Wimmera’s men’s sheds have been given a boost with federal government funding.
ON TRACK: Rupanyup and District Consultative Committee vice-president Ray Kingston and project manager Adrian Tyler at the site of a men’s shed the committee is building. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
Men’s sheds at Rupanyup, Harrow, Hopetoun and Kaniva were all awarded grants through the federal government’s National Shed Development Program.
A men’s shed being built by the Rupanyup and District Consultative Committee received $7000 through the grants program.
The shed is still under construction.
The group received the money forelectrical work and to connect the shedto a power supply.
SecretaryAdrian Tyler said the grant brought the consultative committee one step closer to completing and opening the shed.
He said the committee hoped to open the shed for community members to use before Christmas.
Mr Tyler said55 people had already registered interest into using the men’s shed.
He said he expected about 30 active members to attend regular meetings when the shed opened.
“It’s been an amazing response,” he said.
Mr Tyler said the consultative committeehad been working on building the men’s shedsince 2012.
“It’s been a long process but we’re nearly there,” he said.
Member for Mallee AndrewBroad welcomed the funding to all of the men’s sheds.
He said the grants helped fund the development and sustainability of the groups.
“Across the Wimmera and Mallee, I have seen the incredible contribution that the men’s shedsare making in our communities, particularly in our smaller towns,” he said.
Hopetoun Men’s Shed received $3000 for a number of tools including a welder, mitre saw, drill press and drill hammer.
The money will also be used to cover the cost of freight to transport the tools.
Harrow Men’s Shed also received $3000.
The men’s shed group will use the money to install a concrete path and safety rails to improve the accessibility of the shed.
Kaniva Men’s Shed received money fortools including saws, drills, heat guns, sanders and welders.
All men’s sheds were eligible to apply for up to $8000 in grant funding through the program, runby the AustralianMen’sShed Association.
Mr Broad announced the successful grant recipientson Monday.
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