Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Statements by Members
Men's Shed Movement
It's my great pleasure to rise and speak about the wonderful contribution that men's sheds make throughout my electorate of Corangamite and across the nation. Men's sheds do so much for men—predominantly men, with some women—particularly as they get older. They help them connect with others. They give them the sense of belonging and a sense of purpose, a place to share friendships and to share experiences.
I'm absolutely delighted that our government has done so much to support men's sheds in Corangamite. Under our Stronger Communities Program, the men's shed at Linton received nearly $6,000 for tools, equipment, training and health improvement activities. In Ocean Grove, the men's shed received some $2,300 for various activities. It was just a couple of weeks ago that I had great pleasure in opening the Torquay Community Men's Shed garden, which was supported by a $5,000 grant under the Communities Program. It was a great day of celebration and a great aspiration for the men in Torquay. Of course, in Dereel, we were very pleased to support the Dereel and Surrounding Communities Men's Shed with a $40,000 grant, and they now have a wonderful new facility in the great community of Dereel.