SAUCE WITH THAT?: Springfield Men’s Shed members on the job at Bunnings.
THE Albanese Government has delivered more than $13,000 in much-needed funds to local men’s sheds in Blair.
The funding is part of $500,000 being provided across the country through the latest round of National Men’s Sheds Program (NSDP).
The Esk Men’s Shed has received $5,773 to help with the purchase of steel work benches, lockable drawers, a computer and printer, and First Aid kits and courses.
In addition, Toogoolawah Men’s Shed has received $8000 to cover the cost of specialised tools and equipment to help expand their activities and attract new members, as well as an upgrade of toilet facilities.
The men’s shed in Toogoolawah offers woodwork, furniture restoration, community projects and partnerships, such as with Red Cross.
It has been granted access to the disused local water treatment plant as a future shed facility.
Applications for the next round of NSDP are now open with interested sheds encouraged to apply by September 27.
Funds can be used to buy computers, host health and wellbeing events, make shed improvements, or purchase tools to use in the shed.
Men’s sheds seeking funding to purchase a defibrillator will also be able to apply at any time under a special category.
Federal Blair MP Shayne Neumann congratulated the Esk and Toogoolawah Men’s Sheds on their successful funding applications.
“I was delighted to catch up with members of the Esk Men’s Shed at the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair in June, and see first-hand the old fire station that is being converted into their new shed,” he said
“Men’s sheds create a place of belonging for our local communities and are great for building social connections, while learning new skills and creating useful objects.”