The Australian Government is continuing to support the health and wellbeing of men on the Mornington Peninsula through two grants under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme.
The Safety Beach Dromana Men’s Shed and the Western Port Men’s Shed will share in $10,686 worth of funding for projects including the installation of exercise equipment and undertaking health and wellbeing seminars.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to award the Men’s Sheds with funding.
“I’m pleased that both the Safety Beach Dromana Men’s Shed and the Western Port Men’s Shed will now be able to proceed with their projects with this funding,” Minister Hunt said.
“Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement.”
“To stay healthy, we need to do regular activities with the people around us. Our men’s sheds have become a focal point for the Mornington Peninsula community and will play a vital role as we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions.”
A Men’s Shed can range from purpose built facilities, multipurpose buildings, or shared spaces.
Minister Hunt added that belonging to a social group was vitally important for emotional and mental health.
“Men’s Sheds are a fantastic way for men to stay connected with their communities,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Government remains committed to supporting men’s sheds and encouraging men to meet up and get involved with meaningful community projects.”
Since 2013, the Government has provided $5.4 million through the National Shed Development programme to support men’s sheds across Australia.