Woolgoolga Men’s Shed Upgrade
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has announced that major work has started at Woolgoolga Men’s Shed Incorporated after the organisation received $6000 in Government funding.
A large concrete slab has now been poured at the site and a power upgrade and fence work is due to be completed next month, funded by a Federal grant awarded under the National Shed Development Programme.
“Our North Coast’s Men’s Sheds are making a difference to the health many hundreds of men. These unique spaces encourage men and women to make friends, talk about issues and learn new skills,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“I’ve seen first-hand the bonds formed between the members of the Men’s Sheds in the Cowper electorate and the work they undertake.
“Men’s Sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and men living in rural and remote areas, enabling positive social interactions, enhancing health and wellbeing in the men, and women, who attend.”
Mr Hartsuyker recently visited the Woolgoolga Men’s Shed Incorporated, where 40 members, including two women, meet daily to craft furniture from scratch and repair donated items, which they then sell to the public to help fund the continuing operation of the shed.
Woolgoolga Men’s Shed Incorporated President Ray O’Keeffe said the Federal Government grant had helped bring forward construction of an all-weather work area earlier than planned.
“It cost us $26,500 last year to run this shed, so the Government grant we have received has made the world of difference to our viability and progressed the upgrade quicker,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
“Luke Hartsuyker has been a very active supporter of our Men’s Shed for a long time, and this has also made a big difference to the profile our Sheds now have in the community.”
Nambucca Men’s Shed received $2200 and The Stronger Men’s Group in Bowraville $7000 in the most recent round of National Shed Development Programme grants.