Solar Panels Grant for Coffs Men’s Shed
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has announced a $6,207 Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme grant to fund the supply and installation of solar panels at the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed.
Work is underway on the Marcia Street Men’s Shed headquarters to install the panels which will save the group significant amounts on electricity bills.
“The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed plays an important role in the lives of many people who are looking for a social environment where they can hone their manual skills and contribute to community projects,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“This is a way of making the group more financially viable by reducing overheads so that funds can be spent on tools, materials and other expenses associated with running the Shed,” he said.
The Federal Australian Government National Shed Development Programme also provides direct federal financial assistance to Men’s Sheds across Australia.
The funding is available for items such as tools and equipment, purpose built workspaces, improvements to existing Men Shed facilities and costs associated with training, seminars or undertaking major community projects. The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed received $4000 in funds for tools last year.
“The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed is a great local organisation, particularly for those who want to take part in social and practical activities post-retirement,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The network of Men’s Sheds at Coffs Harbour, Urunga, Nambucca, Bellingen, Dorrigo, Kempsey and Port Macquarie all play an important role in helping to combat isolation in the community in regional and rural areas.”
Many handcrafted goods are available for purchase from the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed and the profits help fund its operating costs.