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Cash for Benalla Men's Shed

A new Men’s Shed will be erected at Benalla Aviation Museum’s hangar site with funding from the Victorian Government.

KAITLIN THALS December 24, 2013 4:10am

Keen for shed: (L-R) State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes, Gerry Herman, Mark Carr, Benalla Health Community Health director Neil Stott, Craig Morrison (vice-president), Terry Kay (president), Ken Serridge, Richard Morton, Neil McQualter, Terry Trounson and Benalla Rural City’s Lindsay Thomas.

There will be a new facility to house secret men’s business in Benalla.

A new Men’s Shed will be erected at Benalla Aviation Museum’s hangar site on Samaria Rd.

Benalla Health Community Health director Neil Stott said the new facility would greatly benefit the community.

‘‘Often men who are retired or unemployed find themselves socially isolated and struggling to find some purpose in life,’’ Mr Stott said.

‘‘Having a strong and successful Men’s Shed at the Aviation Museum provides the perfect opportunity for blokes to hang out together, put their skills to good use and make a contribution to the community.’’

The shed will cost $94500 and will be part-funded by the Victorian Government, which will hand over $60000 towards the new development.

State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes welcomed the support.

‘‘The establishment of a Men’s Shed for Benalla that will be accessible for anyone interested in being involved is a great boost for our community,’’ Dr Sykes said.

‘‘The project will involve the location of a portable office to the site at Samaria Rd which will be fitted to an existing building located at the Aviation Museum.

‘‘I congratulate the Benalla Aviation Museum and Men’s Shed Inc for their work in realising this grant and commend the support provided by Neil Stott from Benalla Health.’’

Nearly $4.9million will be invested to build 41 new Men’s Sheds across Victoria.

The Victorian Government will provide more than $2.2million through the $4million Strengthening Men’s Sheds initiative, while nearly $2.7million will be provided by local council, Federal Government, philanthropic organisations, community groups and fundraising activities.

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said the Men’s Shed program had become an important aspect of building stronger communities, with more than 230 sheds operating across Victoria.

‘‘Men’s sheds provide men with opportunities to develop and use new skills, establish social networks and give back to their local community,’’ Ms Wooldridge said.

‘‘These grants will help more men to get involved in their local communities and they will also give more communities access to better facilities in their local area.’’

Victorian Men’s Shed Association president Paul Sladdin said the association gratefully acknowledged the continued support of the Victorian Government for the Men’s Shed movement in Victoria.

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