Griffith & Narrandera Men's Sheds have been granted funding by the Turnbull Government's latest grants for the National Shed Development Programme.
Griffith Men's Shed has been granted $6,500 to assist in the installation of new solar panels and a 5kW inverter. Narrandera Men's Shed will receive just over $2,000 to purchase new fire safety equipment, as well as cover costs towards the recent completion of a concrete slab.
Local MP Sussan Ley has spoken of the benefits of men's sheds for locals saying, "“like so many other sheds across Australia these local meeting places offer great benefits to men who may need a bit of space and some friendly, relaxed company.
Men are thankfully talking about their health more and more. A ‘shed’ provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so; they’re becoming integral to many country communities with the benefit to both physical and mental health widely acknowledged”, Ms Ley said.
The National Shed Development Programme has been allocated a total of $395,000 nationally to assist with the purchase of tools, maintenance and community activities focused on men's health issues.
The funding is part of the $5.1 million the Turnbull Government is providing to the Australian Men's Shed Association over three years to June 2019.