More men in East Gippsland will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for a refurbished men’s shed.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett announced the High Country Men’s Shed in Omeo would receive $6,299 towards building a second wood working and machinery shed, and Stratford Men’s Shed in Stratford would receive $6,560 to be able to extend their existing facility which is fully utilised with woodworking machines and equipment.

Across Victoria, new men’s sheds will be constructed in eight communities, while 15 other sheds will be refurbished across Victoria, thanks to $879,000 in grants from the Victorian Government.

Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and actively participate in their local community.

They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by promoting social inclusion.

There are more than 1,000 sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria.

The Victorian Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing the community together.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Congratulations to the members of both High Country Men’s Shed and Stratford Men’s Shed who can now start their work to improve their existing buildings.”

“Men’s sheds are vitally important spaces for men in our area to socialise, have a cuppa, learn new skills and give back to the community. I am delighted this funding will help more people and look forward to hearing about the results of this project in the months to come.”

Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn
“These grants have huge benefit to each area, helping build capacity, strengthen support networks and contributing to communities in an extraordinary way.”