The Australian Government is supporting social and economic projects that benefit remote Indigenous communities, today announcing funding of $138,000 for a Men’s Shed in Aurukun.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, said a key priority for the Government was to ensure that as many Indigenous people as possible are working in real jobs.
“The Community Development Fund provides funding to organisations to deliver projects that support social and economic development and participation in remote communities such as Aurukun,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Fund assists service providers, employers and community organisations to create new jobs and deliver rewarding community activities.”
Mr Entsch said the funding will be of major benefit to local Indigenous men and youth, as it will enable Mensheds Australia to build a Men’s Shed in Aurukun and deliver much-needed activities and practical projects.
“The services offered through Mensheds Australia will help to deal with issues caused by social isolation, alcohol and other substance abuse, while re-empowering men to be better fathers, mentors and leaders,” Mr Entsch said.
“It will also put in place the processes needed to create long-term and sustainable men’s groups.
“Mensheds Australia will provide training and development opportunities to make people more employable, and to build health, morale and self-esteem. It’ll also support men and youth who are coming out of prison or detention, which can be a difficult transition period.
“Real jobs will be created during the building of the shed, the landscaping of the grounds and the ongoing management of the facility. Participants can also use their experience to gain a Certificate II in Construction, which is a fantastic opportunity.
“Ten paid positions and training will be available for local Indigenous people, including engagement of a local Indigenous Coordinator into a full-time role,” Mr Entsch ended.