Justine Elliot has welcomed funding for the Men's Shed in Murwillumbah.
Justine Elliot has welcomed funding for the Men's Shed in Murwillumbah. Photo supplied

Mur'bah men's shed gets boost

THE Men's Shed in Murwillumbah will receive $5000 in funding under Round Three of the Australian Government's Men's Shed Development Program.

"The Australian Government grant will help Murwillumbah Community Shed to employ a shed coordinator," Richmond MP Justine Elliot said.

"Men's Sheds are proving very popular in strengthening communities and in promoting men's physical and mental health.

"So much so, the concept has been taken up in a thousand Australian communities where sheds offer a safe, friendly and inclusive meeting place where local men can find social support and camaraderie.

"In 2010 under the $16.7 million National Male Health Policy, the Australian Government committed to improving the health of Australian men and to establishing ways to make the health system more responsive to the specific needs of men.

"The Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) received $3 million in Australian Government funding to support all sheds and administer the Shed Development Program by providing $750,000 over three years."

Under the program, two funding rounds are held each financial year.

All sheds in Australia can apply for up to $10,000 in financial support for a range of activities. A total of 31 sheds from across Australia have received funding in this round with some being successful in more than one category.

Further details about the successful recipients and the application process can be found on AMSA's website.



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