Grants for Menís Sheds
Last month the Victorian State Government announced $750,000 of funding for Men’s Sheds across the state.
Bannockburn and District Men’s Shed Inc. is one of 15 successful grant recipients, which will enable the group to find a permanent home.
The group currently meets at the Bannockburn Community Church, but has been in conversation with Golden Plains Shire Council about a permanent residence since 2014.
Final project planning with Council has now commenced.
The shed will be located in Victor Street in Bannockburn and will be used by residents of Bannockburn, Lethbridge, Teesdale, Shelford, Maude, Steiglitz, Meredith, Inverleigh, Murgheboluc, Stonehaven, Batesford and Sutherlands Creek.
As well as teaching new skills, Men’s Sheds aim to enhance men’s health and wellbeing and Victorian communities as a whole by reducing social isolation.
They assist members with health conditions including stress and depression and give members the opportunity to form strong friendships.
Mayor, Councillor Des Phelan said the funding is well deserved.
“This is a great thing for the men of Bannockburn and surrounds, and these facilities will enable Bannockburn and District Men’s Shed Inc. to do an even better job. Congratulations to all involved.”
Paul Dakin, the Secretary of the Bannockburn Men’s Shed welcomed the grant announcement.
“This was a great day for our members and their hard work in fundraising and working towards obtaining the grant and for all men in the southern end of the Golden Plains Shire.
“We are looking forward to working with Council on getting the facility up and running as quickly as possible. The Victor Street site is ideal as it is close to all of Bannockburn’s essential services and the Community will benefit as a result.”
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the sheds play an important role in inclusive communities.
“They are a safe and friendly space where people can learn new skills, catch up with mates and give back to the community.”