The Kuranda Men’s Shed has been awarded $7000 for much-needed infrastructure works from the federal government under its highly-successful National Shed Development Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today joined Kuranda Men’s Shed members for a BBQ and catch-up as part of National Men’s Shed Week.
He said the Kuranda Men’s Shed would use the money to install a septic tank, absorption trenches and other necessary pipe works.
“First and foremost a men’s shed is a place to knock around with a group of mates,” Mr Entsch said.
“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Kuranda shed offers support to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company.
“Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority. It’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the support they need and deserve.
“Men are talking about their health more and more, and the men’s shed provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so.
“Men’s sheds are integral to the community, particularly in remote communities across Far North Queensland, and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged.”
Kuranda Men’s Shed secretary Daryl Douglass said they had been slowly gaining support from across the community since opening in February this year.
“This generous injection of funds from the federal government will give us the boost that we need to really take off,” Mr Douglass said.
“At present, we are operating out of a storage shed and there are no toilet facilities on the site, so members have no choice but to either hold it in or dash-off into the bushes when nature calls.
“I know blokes are blokes, but there is a limit.
“This system, along with a transportable toilet block on loan from one of our members, will create a much improved environment when our main shed building work starts.
“More than ever the Men’s Shed is needed in our community.
“Standing Shoulder to shoulder to address the issues surrounding men’s health, I say to Mr Entsch, thanks mate you’re a life saver.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health.
He said the Morrison Government recognises these benefits and was investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national men’s sheds movement.
“Every day men’s sheds across Australia and in Far North Queensland provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community,” Mr Hunt said.
“The men’s shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.