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Fitzroy River Men’s Shed tools up with funding

Fitzroy River Men’s Shed tools up with funding

This week is Men’s Shed Week (23-30 September) and one Men’s Shed in the Durack electorate is set to celebrate with a grant from the Federal Government.

The Fitzroy River Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $4,555 from the Federal Government for mobile outreach tools and equipment under round 17 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price congratulated the Men’s Shed for its successful application for the grant.

“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Fitzroy River Men’s shed offers support to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Minister Price said.

Fitzroy River Men’s Shed will use its government grant to acquire necessary carpentry equipment including a sander; drop saw; circular saw; jigsaw; planer; and drill set along with hammers, chisels and other carpentry necessities.

Fitzroy River Men’s Shed CEO Keith Wood said he was “stoked” to receive the funding.

“This will enable the fit out of a trailer for cultural craftwork for our men’s shed and the community,” he said.

“We are an Aboriginal-based Men’s Shed and we also run a health and wellbeing program and use the Men’s Shed and the incorporated Aboriginal not-for-profit body Gurama Yani U Inc as a pathway to employment.

“We strive to improve the lives of Aboriginal men and their families in Fitzroy Valley,” Mr Wood said. 

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.

Minister Price said the Federal Government recognises these benefits and is investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national men’s sheds movement.

The programme provides Men’s Sheds with the opportunity to apply for funding up to a total of $10,000 through a competitive grants process.

Pic - Men at work: Fitzroy River Men’s Shed members, KJ and Kev (back); and Eddy and Joe (front), fix a hydraulic ram in the shed.

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