The health and wellbeing of men in Far North Queensland have been given a helping hand through the latest funding round of the National Shed Development Programme.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch announced the decision by the Australian Government to award the Kuranda and Cooktown Men’s Sheds with funding of $4000 and $4504 respectively.
“I’m pleased the Kuranda and Cooktown Men’s Sheds will now be able to get on with some much-needed works and projects with this funding,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Kuranda Men’s Shed will use their funding towards improvements to their shed while the Cooktown Men’s Shed will use the funding to purchase additional tools and equipment.
“Now more than ever Men’s Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement”
“To stay healthy, we need to do regular activities with the people around us, and our local men’s shed has become a focal point for Cairns and Far North Queensland communities.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that belonging to a social group was vitally important for emotional and mental health.
“Men’s Sheds are a fantastic way for men to stay connected with their communities,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Morrison Government remains committed to supporting men’s sheds and encouraging men to meet up and get involved with meaningful community projects.”
Daryl Douglass who is the secretary of the Kuranda men’s shed said that the money will be put to good use. “We will be using the money to upgrade our security system and by getting CCTV,” he said
“Where we are located is pretty remote and there are not a lot of people around, so upscaling our security system is a great thing for our shed and our members,
“We are really grateful that we have received this money and it will be put to good use.”